Pure employee to cross Sahara Desert for adult hospice
Pure Resourcing Solutions’ practice recruitment specialist, Jen Little, is about to walk for a week across the Sahara Desert to raise money for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC) in Cambridgeshire.
Little is one of eight people who have signed up for the challenge in support of the charity which is the only adult hospice in Cambridgeshire. The other members of Team ARHC include the charity’s CEO, Lynn Morgan, staff at the hospice and other local business people including Steve Mitcham, CEO of Cambridge Business Society.
Team ARHC will fly out to Morocco, ready to start the walk on Thursday 17th March. They will be trekking over 70km in weather conditions which will range from a scorching 40 degrees during the day to just 0 degrees when they are camping out at night.
The money raised will go towards a new 24-bed facility at the hospice, which is dedicated to providing specialist palliative care and support to adult patients and their family, friends and carers.
Little said of the charity, “It really is an amazing place and supports many people during what can be a very difficult period of their lives. The staff are incredible and very caring and the volunteers who give their time are true inspirations. When the fundraising idea of walking across the desert came up I thought why not! But having committed myself, I realised I needed to do some serious training preparation. I took part in an eight-week fitness boot camp, have since lost a stone in weight and I now feel like I live at the gym.”
“All my colleagues are being extremely supportive. They know I’m just as nervous as I am excited. This challenge will definitely take me out of my comfort zone. Although I’ve been to the desert before, I’ve never spent a week walking across it, or camped in it overnight. But I am doing this to raise money for the hospice and to boost the profile of the fantastic work it does. Even if I end up in a bit of discomfort as a result, it will all be worth it.”