A woman is planning to lace up her boots and battle the blazing sun as she prepares to trek across an area of the Sahara to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Kerry Wooder, of Lacemakers Court, Rushden, hopes to raise £3,000 for the charity before she sets off on her walk on February 23.
The 29-year-old service manager is trekking with 19 other Tesco workers from across the country.
Mrs Wooder said she only found that she would be going on the 62m (100km) expedition four weeks ago.
She said: “I really wanted to go on the trek but there was not enough space at first. However, I got an email about four weeks ago asking if I wanted to take part because there had been cancellation, so of course I accepted.
“I am bit nervous though as it is advised you train for six months beforehand and I only have a few weeks to go.”
The money is being raised for Cancer Research UK as it has been nominated as Tesco’s charity of the year.
But Mrs Wooder said that fundraising for the charity has extra meaning for her.
Her great-aunt has recently been diagnosed with cancer and a number of Mrs Wooder’s colleagues at the Tesco store in Weston Favell, Northampton, are battling the disease. She says the thought of them will spur her on.
The trek will take place over five days and the walkers will be guided by local nomads across the desert with the trekkers camping underneath the stars at night.
Mrs Wooder said: “I am looking forward to it, but there are a few silly little things that worry me, like how we have to go to the toilet. You can’t leave toilet paper so you have to carry it in your bag the whole time, and there’s nowhere to wash.
“But I have to remember it’s a great cause and it will be a fantastic experience.”
A fundraising masquerade Valentine’s ball will be held on Saturday, February 16, at the Cripps Social Club, Northampton. Tickets are £15 from Tesco in Weston Favell. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/matthew-wooder.