Sahara Trek Challenge for Sutterton friends to raise money for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance in its 25th year
Two friends from Sutterton are swapping farmland for desert this autumn to raise money for airborne paramedics.
Rebecca Creasey (23) and Lauren Hladun (25), who both work in the agricultural industry, are going on a 100km (620mile) trek across the Sahara Desert this autumn in aid of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
The pair will spend five days walking across Moroccan sand dunes, sleep "under the stars" in tents and face temperatures of between 18 and 33 degrees celsius (64 to 91 degrees fahrenheit).
Rebecca said: "We wanted to do something really big to encourage people in donating to a charity that is close to both of our hearts.
"As we both work in the agriculture sector, we know there are accidents that happen in places rurally where a land ambulance couldn't get to them quickly.
"So when I saw the Sahara Trek Challenge advertised, I thought 'Why not?'
"Lauren took a bit of persuading at first, but we both signed up because we're both young and we both support Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance in the work it does."
The Sahara Trek Challenge was chosen by the medical charity as its official fundraiser to mark 25 years' service for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
Since its first "mission" in 1994, the charity has taken on more than 20,000 potentially life-saving operations, but without any no direct government funding.
Lauren said: "I know Rebecca through North Holland Young Farmers' Club and, in December, we said that we wanted to do something different to raise money for the air ambulance.
"So far, we've raised just over £3,500 through different things, including a fish and chip supper quiz night at Sutterton Village Hall in March.
"About 90 people came and we raised about £800.
"Last month, Kirton Comedy Club allowed us to have a raffle and we raised nearly £300.
"People said to us 'I always give to the air ambulance and villagers who we've never met before have come up to us and made donations."
Rebecca said: "This is our chance to make as much of a difference as we can."
To sponsor the pair, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sutterton-to-sahara