12 Jul 2013

Lighting a candle in the desert

Thank youThis October Andy Dransfield will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime, a five-day trek through the Sahara desert.

Crossing varied terrain, in temperatures ranging from freezing at night to 40 degrees centigrade during the day, this is no walk in the park.

Beginning and ending in Ouarzazate, Morocco, he’ll be accompanying a group of fundraisers who are walking more than 100km to raise money for various charities. Andy will be raising funds for Candlelighters.

For Andy, the charity is a cause close to his heart. Yorkshire-based Candlelighters provides services and support to children with cancer and their families. It is run, by parents of children who have or have had cancer, ex-patients and the medical staff who treat them.

Offering a lifeline

Sarah Tuckwell, regional fundraising manager at Candlighters, believes the charity offers a lifeline for families affected by childhood cancer.

She said: “When a child is diagnosed with cancer, lives are turned upside down in an instant. Not just for the child but for their parents, siblings, family and friends. Priorities change and everyday concerns suddenly seem trivial.”

She said: “Getting well again can be a long and challenging journey, physically, emotionally and financially. Helping and supporting those children and their families is why Candlelighters was formed more than 40 years ago and it is why we are still here today.”

Using MyDonate

Sarah said: “We were delighted when BT launched MyDonate as it allows our fundraisers to highlight their event and gather sponsorship online through a trusted and well known company, completely free of charge to both the fundraiser and Candlelighters.”

This chimed with fundraiser Andy. He said: “It has enabled me to reach a wide range of people quickly and easily. Fundraising is difficult in the current climate. Therefore the use of media such as this is essential in order to gain as much sponsorship as possible. This is my first challenge of this kind so believe me, every little helps.”

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