Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sunshine News

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sunshine News

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Hi folks, I hope you are enjoying the beautiful colours of the autumn leaves, must mean it's not long until Halloween celebrations, yeah!

I have had the most amazing week trekking Petra in Jordan. I can't tell a lie - I was a little apprehensive about going but I shouldn't have been.

The Jordanian people couldn't have been nicer, so friendly and accommodating. The trek itself was hard in parts, mountain climbing on uneven surfaces and very high up at times.

We even did a few hours in the dark which was a bit frightening when the wild dogs were barking at us, but the group I was with were fab and we all kept each others' spirits up and had a laugh.

Many a time we had to remind ourselves why we were doing the trek and who we were raising money for, which kept us going and spurred us on.

I am pleased to say I raised enough money so Adam, a young lad from Walker, can get his trike, so thank you to everyone who helped me achieve my target - it makes all my hard work worthwhile.

The sights were brilliant, which is more than can be said for the sleeping accommodation. I can definitely say camping is not for me. I prefer a nice mattress and en suite, but I managed.

I didn't realise so many people snored and talked in their sleep - you know who you are!

The hotel bed on the last night was the best.

Also the bath, when I eventually got out, was full of sand, and I think I brought half of the desert back in my boots!

We ended the trek with a swim in the Dead Sea which was magical - we were all floating, many covered in mud, watching the sun set over Israel. I will never forget it. I must thank Phil, Gavin, Andy, Mina, Michael and Harry, the Sunshine Fund Petra trekkers, who were brilliant and have raised nearly PS10,000 for the children we support.

So thank you guys for all your hard work both on the trek and with your fundraising, it is really appreciated. …

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