A SOLDIER from Blyth is dusting off his walking boots as he prepares to trek across one of the world’s largest deserts all in the name of charity.
Lee Dixon will walk 100 miles across the Sahara desert in Africa to raise money for The Undentable Trust, an organisation which supports the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, The Rifles Care for Casualties and Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) for bereaved military families.
The 40-year-old Territorial Army physical training instructor will be joined by friends Tom Edwards-Clay, 25, of Kingston Park, Newcastle; David Dodds, 39, of Howdon, Gateshead; Joanne Jobe, 31, of Sunniside, Whickham, and Martin Clark, 31, of Bensham, Gateshead.
In preparation for the trek in October, they have been training up to four times a week with Newcastle-based The Outdoor Fitness Company, where Lee also works as an instructor.
Their gruelling regime includes a range of bootcamp activities, such as cycling and burgen runs, where they run with weights in their backpacks.
Lee, who lives in Foxglove Close with his wife Angela, 31, and children Sophie, aged seven, and six-year-old Ryan, said: “I served in the 2003 conflict in Iraq and saw many soldiers injured and soldiers who lost their lives.
“Therefore, I am very passionate about helping these soldiers and their families to rebuild their lives.
“We each need to raise £1,500 and I currently have more than £800 in sponsors.”
The group will be raising more funds at Newcastle’s Eldon Square on Saturday, September 22, where they will cycle as many miles as they can on exercise bikes.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so by visiting www.bmycharity.com/pepiodfc