Mountain and desert challenge

Richard Horn will trek across the desert for Bluebell Wood next month
Richard Horn will trek across the desert for Bluebell Wood next month

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is set to benefit from the efforts of not one but two intrepid fundraisers.

Dedicated Richard Horn is set to trek across the Jordan desert and mountains next month in memory of his mum who died of cancer in 2010.

The 46-year-old HGV driver will trek for five days starting at the Dead Sea and finishing in the red rock city of Petra.

He will be joined in the challenge by 53-year-old Maureen Shah, who runs a buisness in Doncaster.

The trek covers mountain and desert terrain and will involve eight hours of trekking a day in extreme temperatures.

In the desert temperatures can get up to 40c, but towards Petra temperatures can drop suddenly to below freezing.

“Bluebell Wood deals with many life threatening illnesses including cancer, which is what my mother died of and so this seemed a very suitable charity to raise funds for especially as she loved children and was a grandmother herself,” said Richard.

“Being able to support the great care that Bluebell Wood provides is very rewarding and the challenge of five days in the heat of the Jordan Desert is nothing in comparison.”

Maureen added: “Over the last four years I have seen Bluebell Wood develop from a dream to a reality that now supports over 160 families each year and I know that with the help of their many supporters, they can make a difference at the most difficult times for many more.

“I’ve swapped my high heels, straighteners and make-up for sun, sand and creepy crawlies, not every girl’s dream, but worth it in the end.”

The money raised by Richard and Maureen will help Bluebell Wood continue to care for children and young people with a shortened life expectancy in South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Notts and North Lincolnshire.

The Hospice receives no statutory Government funding and it costs £3 million per year to offer its services.