A BORN and bred Bromsgrove woman is planning to trek 100km across the Sahara desert in memory of her brother.
Helen Dinsdale will be flying out to endure 30 degree heat in the day and freezing cold temperatures at night in aid of Help For Heroes next Friday (November 14).
The 33-year-old, who has been training for a year, will also be marking the ten-year anniversary of her brother Ian’s death.
Ian, who was in the armed forces, died in a car crash in Germany days before he was supposed to return home on leave.
Helen who has already raised £1,430, but is aiming to make at least £2,500, will be joining 40 other trekkers, ten guides and two doctors for the seven-day challenge.
She said she got the idea when she was looking through a Help For Heroes catalogue last October and she saw a page of challenges.
And, since her brother died in November 2004, aged just 21, she wanted to do something for him so selected the November 2014 Sahara trek challenge.
Helen added if she was not doing anything, especially since it was Ian’s ten year anniversary, she would have been feeling very down.
“It has been a really good boost and of course I am raising money for a good cause.
“I am really excited about it.
“When I originally told my mum panic set in.
“I think she thought it would just be me walking around the desert.
“She first questioned the fact that I would have to walk because I am a bit exercise-phobic and also the question of what I would do for drinking water and the toilet.
“At the moment I am confident but I think the realisation when I get out there and experience the 30 degree heat and freezing cold temperatures at night it might change.”
Visit www.bmycharity.com/ian10h4hsahara to sponsor Helen on her mission.