Following a week walking in the desert, Managing Director of Lincoln-based conveyancing experts, Fletcher Longstaff, Adam Cheal has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Adam, who has been undergoing a tough training regime for the past year, tackled the 100km walk across arid desert, sand dunes and withstood temperatures of more than 30°C in the day and -1°C at night.
Adam said: “It’s been an incredible experience and I’m so pleased to be able to have raised such a huge amount for Young Minds as it is a charity very close to my heart. Young Minds is a charity that helps children and young people battling with their mental health by offering guidance, support and training.”
The group of 25 walkers, including Adam’s former colleague and good friend, Lee Farrington flew into Casablanca, Morocco, followed by a trip to Ouarzazate before a five-hour trip by 4×4 to the starting point in the desert’s M’Harech Dunes.
The group then spent five full days taking in O’Hare Gorge, the Rhris River, the Bouziane Dunes and Announ Baadi. During the trek, the group crossed vast swathes of desert, scaling some dunes which were more than 1,000ft tall.
Adam added: “I’ve been training for about a year for the trek, so in terms of fitness I was okay. The heights were pretty incredible, both in terms of the elevation and the dexterity required to stay upright on narrow, shifting sand dunes!
“There were a few blisters and sore feet on the way, but the group we were with were brilliant support, we had excellent camaraderie and that certainly helped, especially when it was getting really tough!”
Adam has raised more than £4,000 through a JustGiving page, which you can still donate to here. The remaining £16,000 has come through Fletcher Longstaff’s charitable work over the past few years and donations they have received from clients and other businesses.
“I just want to thank everyone who has given us anything in terms of donations, every penny has helped us raise an incredible amount for Young Minds. Their work is incredibly valuable and will help them deliver their services.”