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Sahara trekkers raise an incredible £67,000 for Weldmar

16th November 2022


Fundraising News

A group of thirty Weldmar Hospicecare supporters has returned from a challenging five day trek across the Sahara Desert, having raised £67,000 for the charity.

Such was the demand for places on the trek that another thirty supporters will be heading to the Sahara in March 2023.

Alaine Harman, from Weldmar’s Fundraising Team, led the team and says, “It was an absolute privilege to have shared the journey with such an incredible group, getting to know them on our regular training walks, and supporting them with their fundraising events such as 80’s discos, race nights, coffee and cake sales, to a big family fun day. From all that preparation and anticipation to the Sahara desert, where we trekked for many hours in extreme heat, and slept in tents with the most basic of facilities.”

“The group all supported each other. Memories and friendships were made that will last a lifetime. There was so much fun and laughter but also the poignant stories that the group shared about the loss of loved ones who were cared for by Weldmar Hospicecare. It was simply stunning, and the total of £67,000 is astonishing.”

All the money raised by the Sahara Trekkers will go towards the specialist end of life care that Weldmar provides to adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness, and support for their loved ones.

Watch more:

See the video updates from the group from the Sahara on the Weldmar Hospicecare Facebook page:

  • End of the final day including total raised reveal – watch here
  • How some of the trekkers are finding the experience at the end of the second day – watch here
  • The end of the first day, including how some trekkers raised money – watch here
  • Ready to get going at the start of the first day – watch here
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Feeling inspired by the Sahara Trekkers?

The Path of the Ancients in Greece is the destination for Weldmar’s Overseas Challenge 2023.

It promises breathtaking scenery, incredible history, and your participation means that Weldmar Hospicecare can continue to provide free, specialist care to people in Dorset who have a life limiting illness, and support for their loved ones.

The fundraising target is realistic, and our Fundraising Team will support you to achieve it, and there will be one to one and group support from the moment you sign up, including training walks and opportunities to meet with fellow participants. We are hosting an online information event on Monday 28th November at 6pm.

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