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Kent nurses plan desert trek for neonatal charity

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Two nurses from Medway Maritime Hospital are less than a month away from attempting to trek across the world’s most famous desert for charity.

Neonatal nurses Lyndsay McGrath and Emily Stewart will be walking across the Sahara to raise money for the hospital’s Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Unit in Gillingham.

They are due to set off on their nine day desert expedition on 8 March and have been training for what they describe as “a trip of a lifetime”.

Lyndsay McGrath and Emily Stewart

Lyndsay McGrath and Emily Stewart

Ms Stewart said: “We have been training together by walking for a couple of hours at a time. We are really excited but nervous about what to expect.

“It’s one of those things that I knew I’d regret if I didn’t signed up, it’s an experience of a life time for us,” she added.

The nurses will be walking in 30°C (86°F) for six hours a day during the 100km (62 mile) trek, and sleeping in tents at night.

Ms McGrath said: “It will be tough but it sounded fun when we heard about it so we thought, why not? It’s for charity after all.”

The pair have already exceeded their £3,400 donation target, but are gratefully accepting further pledges.


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