Charity five-day desert trek for brave widow

Michelle Beasley
Michelle Beasley

A Burton Latimer woman is preparing to brave the heat of the desert for a charity trek over the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

Michelle Beasley will join 20 other people from across the country as she bids to cover 100 miles in just five days to raise money for the Undentable Trust, which helps members of the British Armed Forces and their families.

Michelle’s husband, Sgt Nick Beasley, died aged 40 while on duty in August 2010.

He had been serving with the Royal Marines and had been due to retire just two weeks after his death.

Michelle will fly into the town of Ouarzazate, in central Morocco, to begin her trek on Saturday, October 20.

She will have to contend with temperatures which soar during the day before plummeting at night.

She will also have to negotiate both arid plains and rocky mountains, something she admitted would be a novel experience.

She said: “Nick would have said ‘There’s no way you’re going to be able to do anything like that’.

“I used to take my car 100 yards just to go to the shops.”

Michelle, 49, has had three training weekends, in the Peak District, on the North Norfolk coast and on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

But although she said she has never before walked more than 40 miles in consecutive days, she insisted she was not nervous about what she might encounter.

She has already raised more than £3,000 for the Undentable Trust, and has also paid for her own airfare to Morocco in order to ensure as much profit is generated for the charity as possible.

She says she hopes to raise a final total of at least £6,000, which would far exceed her original target.

Michelle said her local pub, the Olde Victoria in Bakehouse Lane, Burton Latimer, had been particularly supportive of her.

The Undentable Trust raises funds for members of the British Armed Forces and their families, distributed via the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Family Activity Breaks and the Rifles Care for Casualties.

To make a donation, visit Michelle’s fundraising page at bmycharity.com/desertchelle.