Stephanie and I met a really inspiring man the other day, called Peter Finnigan. He’s organizing a nine day sponsored trek in the desert to reach Petra in Jordan. This blog post is here to encourage you to join Peter and friends in this incredible adventure. Why? Let Peter explain: “In early 2013 I was diagnosed with throat cancer which required surgery and an intense course of radiotherapy. The level of care that my family and I received from everybody involved in my treatment was quite simply outstanding and played a major role in my recovery. The three organisations that treated me have joined forces to create The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, which will open in 2015. The new centre will offer an exceptional level of care and support to cancer patients and their families so that no one in Sussex has to face cancer alone.
This partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, Sussex Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and has only been made possible through public support. This amazing trek is designed to raise crucial funds for the running of the centre in its first twelve months and I hope that it will become an annual event. Please join me in Jordan in October 2014. It will be hard, it will be hot and it will be an opportunity for all of us to give something back.
Come on, sign up – it’s going to be one big adventure!
The iconic image of Jordan is of the great city of Petra set amid the endless dunes of the desert. The reality is far richer. While half the country is indeed covered by desert, the other half sits on the Fertile Crescent that stretches from the Nile Delta and down towards the Persian Gulf.
We will spend 9 days trekking a desert route, crossed by the nomadic Bedouin people and their livestock for generations. We will be trekking over dry wadis, open sandy desert and rocky desert known as ‘hamada’, but also encountering hot springs, roman remains, crusader castles, neolithic houses and green valleys fed by streams, before reaching the incredible city of Petra.
The scenery will blow you away: by day the mesmerising shapes of the sandstone walls of the canyons and gorges come alive with the changing light, glowing reds and orange, and at night we camp in Bedouin tents and have dinner by candlelight whilst the incredible clarity of the desert sky provides an unrivalled view of the stars.
To book your place or to learn more about the trek please contact firstname.lastname@example.org