A COLNE Valley grandmother faces the challenge of a lifetime when she treks across part of the Sahara Desert for charity.
Karen Gledhill, 51, from Slaithwaite, will walk 100 kilometres (about 65 miles) in one of the world’s most inhospitable places to raise cash for Classic FM’s Music Makers charity.
Next March 13 Karen will head for Ouarzazate, Morocco, in the hope of raising £2,250 for the charity, which pays for music therapy and education projects for needy children and adults.
So far Karen, a former store manager, has raised £213 but is seeking sponsorship from individuals and companies. She is also looking for camping equipment and fitness coaching.
She says: “I enjoy walking and get out whenever I can. I am lucky to have lived in the Colne Valley all my life and have such great walking country on my doorstep.
“But I have never undertaken such a demanding challenge before. I will need to plumb the depths of my physical and mental resources in order to succeed.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, though, and I’m training hard, walking between 10 and 15 kilometres every day.
“I’m also swimming and horse riding to build up my general stamina and fitness.
“I would like to thank my generous friends who have already donated and also Diggle company Vindon Scientific and Peter Garside, of The Land Rover Centre, for their generous support.
“But there is still a long way to go.’’
To sponsor Karen visit www.just giving.com/karengledhill