DEDICATED South Yorkshire trucker Richard Horn is swapping cab comforts for desert heat – in aid of charity.
The 46-year-old is to trek across desert and mountains in Jordan next month to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston, in memory of his mother, who died of cancer in 2010.
Richard, from Crow Edge, near Penistone, is already training for the event with long-distance walks, as well as gym work.
The lorry driver said: “Bluebell Wood deals with many life-threatening illnesses including cancer, which is what my mother died of and so this seemed a suitable charity to raise funds for, especially as she loved children and was a grandmother herself.
“Being able to support the great care Bluebell Wood provides is very rewarding and the challenge of five days in the heat of the Jordan Desert is nothing in comparison.”
The Jordan Desert Trek involves five days of trekking, from the Dead Sea and to the red rock city of Petra.
It covers mountain and desert terrain using ancient trails and will involve abouteight hours of trekking a day in extreme temperatures.
In the desert temperatures can get up to 40C, but towards Petra temperatures can drop suddenly to below freezing.
The money raised will help Bluebell Wood continue to care for children with a shortened life expectancy.
n To support Richard, visit www.justgiving.com/Rahorn.