Walberton’s mum will walk 100km across the Sahara Desert for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel
The five-day challenge will see Daisy navigate through the peaks, gorges, dunes and oases of Africa alongside more than 80 other participants, including celebrities Giovanna Fletcher and Vicki Pattison.
Daisy said she was nervous about the trek, especially since it meant leaving her children behind for nine days, but was “really, really excited” to have this unique opportunity.
She said: “I’ve been told that walking on sand dunes is a bit like walking four steps forward and ten steps back.
“I can’t figure out how I’m actually going to do it right now.
“Hopefully the adrenaline and support from everyone else will get me through this.”
Despite the apprehension, Daisy is determined to rise to the challenge. She said: “The flight is booked to go, I’m going, I’m doing it and I’m going to do it well.”
Daisy is currently preparing herself by following CoppaFeel’s training program, which amounts to “taking another full-time job”. Training involves doing three walks a week, one with an incline, and weight training to build the strength to eventually walk eight hours on consecutive days.
“I’m kind of walking the sidewalks around where I live every day.”
The charity receives “hundreds of thousands” of applications each year, so Daisy never expected to be chosen to take part.
She said: “I really didn’t think I would get a seat.
“I actually weirdly deleted the email. I thought it was junk.
“I saw a few other people online saying they didn’t have a place, and I was like ‘oh, I didn’t hear anything’.
“Then I went and looked back and luckily found it.”
CoppaFeel’s mission is to raise awareness among men, women and especially young people about breast cancer.
Although Daisy has not experienced cancer herself, she has had family members who have “had contact” with the disease and were also briefly scared herself. She was motivated to see her GP about a lump she found after reading the book by CoppaFeel founder Kristin Hallenga.
Luckily for Daisy, there was nothing to worry about, but she is now determined to help raise awareness that breast cancer can affect anyone.
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