Gran’s ‘impressive’ charity hike in the desert to raise money for cancer charity
‘AWESOME’ trek through the desert has raised over £1,500 for cancer charity.
Bronwyn Brodie battled 25C temperatures and soft sand as she rode 100 kilometers through Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, for Maggie’s benefit.
Bronwyn, who works with young people with additional support needs at Musselburgh Grammar School, flew from Heathrow to Jordan at the end of November.
A dozen walkers were joined by an attendant as they crossed the desert with just a backpack containing food, water, a first aid kit and other essentials.
The grandmother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, was blown away by the experience and hopes her final fundraising figure can top £2,000.
She said: ‘We were all out raising money for Maggie’s and raising awareness about Maggie’s.
“Most of us, well, some of us, had personally experienced cancer and some had been touched by cancer through a very close family member.
“That was the reason we were doing this trek – bringing people from anywhere wouldn’t necessarily have worked but having this common goal, the common reason to do something, whether it was for Maggie’s or any other organization charity.
“I’m really passionate about Maggie’s and just happy to be able to do it, complete it and enjoy it to the fullest!”
Meals were prepared for fundraisers as they ate breakfast before leaving early to ensure they reached the next camp by 4 p.m. as it was dark.
Bronwyn struggled to put the experience into words and described the walk, which saw participants from across Britain taking part, as “absolutely fantastic”.
The fundraiser had been planned for over a year, with the dozen or so walkers originally slated to cross the Sahara in 2020. However, coronavirus restrictions put the fundraiser on hold before it was moved to Jordan .
For Bronwyn, a grandmother of 11 from Dunbar, it was more than worth the wait.
She said: “I did a lot of things but nothing quite like that. It was certainly impressive.
And Bronwyn said of Maggie’s: “It’s such a wonderful place and the feeling you get when you walk in is like entering a sanctuary.”
To support Bronwyn and Maggie’s, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/bronwyn-brodie1