North Lincolnshire group complete epic 100km charity trek across the Sahara Desert - The Libyan Report

North Lincolnshire group complete epic 100km charity trek across the Sahara Desert

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Four members of staff at North Lincolnshire's biggest social landlord have completed an epic trek across the Sahara Desert.

The group from Ongo walked 100km across the largest hot desert in the world to raise vital funds for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Lavinia Freeman, John Cavill, Fran Rhodes and Sarah Wither took on the unforgiving five-day trek through Morocco's forbidding landscape punctuated by peaks, gorges, dunes and oases, sleeping under the stars at night.

They were part of a group of 27 people raising funds for the air ambulance through the challenge from September 28 to October 6, with the Ongo team raising around £12,000.

Lavinia, Ongo Talk manager, said: "It was a huge honour to raise money for such a worthy cause and it was extremely tough at times but to work together as a group to complete this challenge was amazing.

(Image: Ongo)

"The heat was unbearable at times and I often had to fight my internal voice of doubt and panic but having such a great group of people supporting one another throughout the trip really got us through."

The Sahara is the largest desert in Africa and the third largest in the world. It covers large parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia and has an area comparable to the size of China.

The walk is said to be an unforgiving, life-changing and extremely challenging experience and the group said they endured tough conditions, basic living and no home comforts for the duration of the trip.

Fran, estate co-ordinator at Scunthorpe-based Ongo, said: "Knowing we were raising money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, which is such a fantastic cause, really kept us going throughout the trek.

"We experienced a heatwave while we were in the desert and that really tested us but we all supported each other and gelled so well as a group to keep motivated in the difficult conditions."

The money raised by the Ongo team will help towards the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance's fundraising target for the year.

The team has set up a JustGiving online donations page as part of their fundraising effort, with more than £2,900 pledged so far.

Anyone who wishes to contribute can still do so here.

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