The purpose of this expedition:
On October 10th 2014 myself, along with 11 others, set off to Jordan. We trekked for 9 days through the desert to Petra on a route crossed by nomadic Bedouin and their livestock for generations. The terrain was varied: dry wadis, open sandy desert and rocky desert known as “hamada”. Along the route we saw hot springs, roman remains, crusader castles, neolithic houses and green valleys with streams before arriving at Petra.
We were guided by experienced 360 expeditions leader, Rolfe Rostra (http://www.360-expeditions.com) and local Bedouin guides. We started our trek at our first camp near Mansura, from where we will walk 6 to 8 hours each day until we reach Petra.
This trek was been organised to raise money for the new Macmillan Horizon Centre which is currently being built in Brighton. The number of people in Sussex living with or beyond cancer is set to almost double by 2030. Macmillan estimate that as many as 1 in 3 of us will be affected by cancer.
The need to offer non-clinical help and support to all these people and their families is huge, and that is exactly what the new Macmillan Horizon Centre will do. It is being created via a partnership Macmillan Cancer Support, Sussex Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Expertly designed with input from people affected by cancer, the new centre will uniquely offer all round support for cancer patients in a calm, friendly and non-medical environment. It will provide specialist cancer information and advice; welfare benefits advice; counselling services; complementary therapies and physical activity support; hair and skincare advice; practical support and dietary advice and a space for self help and support groups. The Centre will also link up existing information and support services across Sussex, to ensure that cancer patients, families, carers and friends in the county can find the support they need, at the time they need it most.
Our fundraising target was £50,000 between us all and I am happy to announce that we beat this figure! This money went towards the cost of running the Support Centre, a cost which Sussex Cancer Fund are responsible for paying.