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Man completes five-day Sahara desert charity trek
9:10am Sunday 27th October 2013 in Local
A BROMSGROVE computer engineer completed a five-day Sahara desert charity trek.
Philip Base took on the inhospitable sand dunes to raise more than £3,000 for the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.
He said it is physically and mentally most demanding challenge he has ever attempted in his life.
Relentlessly hot during the day, surprisingly cold at night and supremely exhausting when moving across undulating terrain is how he describes the Moroccan adventure which started on October 13.
“The only thing that kept me going when I felt like sitting down and giving up was the overwhelming desire to help the Marie Curie hospice and the people it cares for so brilliantly,” he said. “I had thought to myself before I set out that fixing computers and installing IT networks would be easy by comparison. How true that prediction was. I’d like to pay tribute to my fellow trekkers for the support and encouragement they gave me along the way. I hope I did the same for them.”
He added: “The really good news is that, thanks to the goodwill and generosity of those who sponsored me, I managed to reach and pass my £3,000 target.
“Donations are still coming in, and if anyone would like to make a late contribution to the fund, they can do so easily and quickly by logging on to justgiving.com/philipbase. Every single penny will go directly to the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.”
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