Claverley’s desert nomads

Two Claverley residents recently took part in a gruelling desert ordeal to raise money for a local charity. Gemma Bloor and Paul Chafer completed the Saharan Challenge, walking across the inhospitable terrain in scorching temperatures to boost the coffers of Shropshire Smiles, the charity set up for midwife-led birthing units in Shropshire by Ed and Bobby Brown.

Gemma said, “In all we walked around 52 miles over the Sahara in temperatures reaching 45C. I have to say it’s one of the best but toughest things I have ever done… but every blister was worth it, as the final tally suggests we are in the region of £2,000, which is amazing. We have had so much support and so many kind donations and we’d like to thank everyone!”

Gemma and Paul are planning to stay closer to home in their fundraising endeavours this year, with two 100km treks round the Isle of Wight and the Wye Valley – watch this space!


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