MATTHEW Tucker has returned from a ten-day trek across the Sahara desert, and has raised nearly £9,000 for charity.
Matthew, who is Managing Director of Newark-based consulting engineers Morgan Tucker, embarked on the mammoth task of trekking across the world’s second largest desert to raise money for Beaumond House, which organised the trip as part of its 25 anniversary celebrations.
Matthew returned from the ten-day hike last Friday, where he battled across 18 miles of desert a day, in temperatures which reached 40 degrees on average.
Matthew says: “I’m always up for a challenge and I know someone who works for the charity who told me about the trek. It was a challenge, but I had trained hard in the run up to the trip, and was in a good physical condition. The hardest part for me was getting used to the general living conditions, such as the high temperatures in the day and the temperature at night which often dropped to below minus two. I also suffered from sore feet and a sore back where my bag and shoes rubbed as we walked. It was also an experience getting used to going to the toilet, but everyone was in the same boat, so any embarrassment wore off after a couple of days.
“There were 46 of us in total and three guides. We had to ration our water intake to two litres a day, but I think after a couple of days, it just became the norm. When I set myself the task, my aim was to raise £10,000. Money is still coming in now, so hopefully, after a couple more weeks, I will have reached my target.”
If you are interested in helping Matthew to top up his donation then he has a ‘Just Giving’ page at http://www.justgiving.com/matthewatucker
Matthew adds: “I’m back and feeling motivated and I’m already on the look out for my next challenge, so if any one has any suggestions then drop me a line!”