A TEAM from Solihull is preparing to cross the scorching sand dunes of the Sahara in support of a local charity.
Four women will take part in the Solihull Girls Trek The Sahara Desert appeal which they hope will raise £8,000 for the borough’s new Marie Curie hospice.
And the team are staging a fundraising party at Solihull’s Blossomfield Club, in Widney Lane, tomorrow (Saturday) to drum up support for the £20m centre which officially opened in June.
Starting at 7.30pm, the event will feature live music from Midlands band the Blighters, while there is also a raffle, buffet and bar.
Healthcare lawyer Kyleigh Bland, 27, said: “We heard about the Big Build Appeal for the new hospice and all wanted to do something to help as it’s such an important local cause which is close to our hearts, cancer having impacted on all of our lives in some way.
“As we’ve got closer to the trek we’ve been naturally increasing our efforts and this fundraising party will be our main event.”
The team have already raised £4,000 ahead of the trip to the region, which will take place over five days in October.
Joining Kyleigh on the journey are Joanne Dolan, 26, Clare Berridge, 28, and Katie Mcleod, 28, all from Solihull.
Kyleigh said: “There was a range of fundraising opportunities available and this one presented the biggest challenge but also had the potential to make the biggest impact and raise the most money.
“We all decided one night that we were really up for the challenge and wanted to do something important.”
Tickets for the Blossomfield Club party cost £10. For more information or to donate, visit the group’s fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Solihull-Girls-Sahara-Trek.