Our Aftersales Director is Treking Across the Namib Desert for Teenage Cancer Trust | Vantage Motor Group

"Because in the Sahara desert there just wasn't enough sand"

Dale Baker is raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Dale is once again raising money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Eighteen months ago, he set off on his first fundraising effort and crossed the Sahara Desert:

"I endured chaffing, sleepless nights and dehydration"

So why do it all again you ask:

"I also finished the trek with an immense amount of pride in myself for the physical achievement but also the fact that I had raised important funds for a worthy cause and for a great person."

His original journey had such a profound effect on him that he has decided to undertake another huge challenge. This time Dale is undertaking a ten-day trek across the Namib Desert in November.

WHY DID HE PICK TEENAGE CANCER TRUST?

3 years ago Dale lost his mum to cancer. She had dedicated her life to Children and also volunteered as a councillor to people suffering from cancer and struggling to come to terms with this awful disease.

The last trek managed to raise over £70k for the trust. Teenage Cancer Trust are dedicated to providing supporting teenagers battling cancer. Every day in the UK 7 young people are diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust use their funds to support research, to increase awareness and accessibility to specialist services and the building and maintenance of teenage Cancer Units.


WHAT'S HE UP TO NOW?

The Namib Desert is almost completely uninhabited barring a few tiny settlements. It stretches along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa for more than 2,000 km and gets an average total of less than 10 mm of train annually! Dale's trek is going to be a massive challenge but well worth it when you consider the cause he is raising money for.

They will start their trek from the bush camp on the banks of the Ugab River and on into the Brandburg Nature Reserve. The route will then take them from the Upper reaches of the Ugab River along its dried river bed into their next camp just below the Brandberg massif. From here they will experience Spitzkop which has probably the most iconic rock formation in Namibia, the Erongo Mountains and then onto Windhoek which will give them an insight into the lives of the ordinary Namibian, with a visit to one of the local schools and charity projects.

Dale is hoping to smash his target of £5,000 for the charity. Will you make a donation to help him along his journey? Little or large any donation will be gratefully received. We are very proud of Dale for undertaking this challenge and wish him the best of luck in his fundraising efforts. We can't wait to hear all about how he's getting on as we get closer to November and we will be behind him 100% as he endures his biggest challenge yet!