A desert trek is in prospect

FROM their early years through to adulthood, friends Hannah Soutar and Dani Moreton have supported each other through grief and adversity.

The inseparable pair will stick together as they tackle a gruelling five-day trek across the Sahara desert in a bid to raise £4,000 for Prospect Hospice, the charity which cared for their father and mother respectively through a terminal illness.

Hannah’s father Trevor died aged 50 after a drawn-out battle with bowel cancer.

He and his family became regular visitors to Prospect and Trevor’s strength and ability to pull through at the 11th hour became a legend among nurses.

“My dad was admitted to Prospect Hospice on numerous occasions,” said the 25-year-old from Stratton. “He was so well known that the nurses used to say, ‘They’ve done a Trevor' when somebody bounced back after being given a short time to live.

“My dad passed away on the March 17, 2002. The support that Prospect Hospice provided to my family, my dad and I was invaluable and I don’t think there is anything I could say or do that can express my thanks and gratitude.”

Dani lost her mother Marie to primary lymphoma of the brain in June last year. She also forged a close bond with Prospect staff, who were ever present for her family.

“Sadly after a courageous battle, my mum lost her fight against the disease at the age of 58, on June 10, 2013,” said the 27-year old Capita employee from the town centre. “I am eternally grateful for the support that they gave me and feel that by trekking across the Sahara, I can demonstrate my appreciation and thanks for all that they have done for me and my mum.”

The pair face a 70-mile trek in 38-degree heat and camping out in the desert in sub-zero temperatures at night.

“It will be hard physically but we have been training at the gym,” said Hannah. “The biggest challenge will be the emotional side of things. But I think it’s going to be great fun and we are very excited.”

Hannah and Dani must raise £4,000 by July 19. To sponsor them or donate raffle prizes visit www.justgiving.com/whosthatcomingoverthedune. Alternatively text DHST50 with the amount you wish to donate to 70070.


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