Widow’s desert trek to thank hospice

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WHEN Joanne Shields’ husband Christopher died of cancer last year, she decided she wanted to give something back to the hospice team who looked after him so well.

So, over a year on, the 43-year-old is training to take part in a trek across the Jordanian desert to raise money for St Barnabas’ Hospice.

She said: “I’ve never done anything like this before.

“I think I will be a bit nervous when I’m there because I’ll be doing it on my own, but it’s alright”

“I think he would be really proud of me for doing it.”

Christopher was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008. He thought he had beaten the disease, but it returned months later and he lost his fight in July last year, aged 45, leaving Joanne and their daughters Chloe (20) and Annalise (16).

Joanne, of Sarthe Close, Swineshead, decided to do the trek after spotting an advert for it in St Barnabas’ quarterly magazine.

“I thought it would be a bit more interesting than the usual things,” she said.

She has to raise £2,500 sponsorship money to take part – and though she is over half way there, she still needs £1,000 to make the trip.

So far, the money she has raised has been from donations, including a generous £730 from her parents, who received cash in lieu of gifts at their golden wedding party in August.

To sponsor Joanne, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Joanne-Shields1