AN INTREPID Bromsgrove man will trek across the Sahara desert to raise funds for Macmillan Nurses and University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) Charity in memory of his late partner who suddenly died from cancer.
Dean Marsh chose the charities because of the way Sarah was looked after on Ward 622 of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital prior to her death on September 28 last year.
The situation was made worse by the Covid restrictions which were in place at the time.
Dean will take on the 78km challenge which will see him camp along the way and conclude his mammoth task in Marrakesh.
He said: “Sarah is the love of my life and her diagnosis had a huge emotional impact on us both.
“Although her short stay in the QE was traumatic, I cannot begin to thank the staff who cared for both of us when we were at our lowest – I truly consider them angels on earth.
“I would like to specifically thank nurse Rachel Ede who went above and beyond to support us, even staying past the end of her shift to continue to sit with me.”
Donations to his fund-raising page are already nearing the £5,000 mark and he wants to raise as much as he can for the cause.
He added: “I have been blown away by how quickly donations have been flooding in from all over the world in honour of Sarah’s memory.
“This challenge has given me something to focus on and my way of giving back to the absolutely incredible staff at the QE.
“I know Sarah will be by my side every step of the way.”
Cathryn Worth, fund-raising manager at UHB Charity said: “We are incredibly humbled by Dean’s story and cannot thank him enough for selflessly choosing to support us during this immensely difficult time.
“Our thoughts are with him and Sarah’s family and wish him the very best of luck with his fundraising challenge.”
To add to Dean’s coffers, click here to visit his fund-raising page and donate.