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Stafford colleagues plan a 60-mile journey in six days across the Sahara Desert

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

Stafford colleagues plan a 60-mile journey in six days across the Sahara Desert

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A PAIR of intrepid Stafford walkers are heading off on the adventure of a lifetime trekking across the Sahara Desert to raise cash for Katharine House Hospice.

Steve Roulstone, 59, who founded Marston Road-based Castle Estates in 2000, and his employee Amanda Tripp, 45, are aiming to pull in £5,000 from the challenge in November.

Steve, from Gnosall, and Amanda, who lives in Doxey, will walk 60 miles over six days – two days after Steve’s 60th birthday.

Mr Roulstone spent 10 years as a scout leader when he was younger and after spending the last few years fighting a battle with arthritis began a major health kick last year, swimming and then walking as his knee joints improved.

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He said: “It was Amanda who saw the leaflet for the trek, organised by Katharine House and said she would love the opportunity to do it and another person to support her.

“We went along to a presentation about it and decided to go for it.”

The pair need to raise £1,600 each to pay for the cost of the trip, half of which will go to Katharine House.

And Steve and his wife Jenny, co-director at Castle Estates, hav decided they will continue raising money for the hospice, which has helped members of their own family.

“The trek will be tough. We have to walk 12,500 on sand and in the heat but we are doing a lot of training.

“By the time we fly out we will have probably walked the distance between Lands End and John O’Groats in preparation and fitness training.

“We want to organise events and fund-raising from now on for Katharine House.

“And we are asking anyone who would like to make a donation to go on our fund-raising pages at www.justgiving.com/Steve-Roulstone or www.justgiving.com/Amanda-Tripp.”

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