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SAND ANGELS: Mother and daughter from Chalfont St Peter raise more than £5,500 through Sahara trek

 Published on: 12th April 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A mother and daughter have raised more than £5,500 for a hospice after trekking through the Sahara desert.

Rebecca Gaskell and her daughter, Imy, from Chalfont St Peter, overcame blistering heat to traverse 67km in two-and-a-half days. They took on the challenge to raise funds for Helen Douglas House, an Oxford-based hospice which cared for Rebecca’s late daughter, Grace, following her terminal diagnosis of brain cancer.

Speaking to CHALFONTS&GERRARDSCROSSnews, Rebecca said the experience was “amazing”, albeit “tougher than anticipated”.

She said: “It was incredibly hot with no shade. We were up at 4.30am and trekking almost until sunset – everyone was exhausted. Lots of us had painful feet and blisters; it was definitely a challenge!”

Rebecca says that the group, which consisted of 12 women fundraising for four hospices, were a great support to one another.

She said that one of the highlights of the trip was releasing a lock of Grace’s hair while on a camel ride, adding: “There is a little bit of Grace floating around the Sahara.”

As CHALFONTS&GERRARDSCROSSnews went to print, Rebecca and Imy were set to complete a parachute jump to mark what would have been Grace’s 18th birthday on April 12.

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