A FARNSFIELD woman is preparing to embark on a five-day 68km trek through the Grand Canyon to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Carolyn Thorne is part of 39-stong team making the trip but is the only person from the East Midlands taking part.
She will have to endure temperatures of over 35C carrying a heavy backpack with all the supplies she will need for the gruelling adventure.
Carolyn said: “I’m train regularly, swimming a mile before work and walking miles on the treadmill.”
She hopes all the hard work will not be in vain as she attempts to raise both awareness and funds for her chosen charity.
She added: “Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way.
“Whether it is a suffering family member, friend or colleague.
“I ask you to help us raise funds for a very worthy cause.”
The support Marie Curie received last year meant that over 31,799 people were given the choice of where and how to spend their final days.
Carolyn, who now lives in Carlton, said her place of work, the Top Spot Club, has been very helpful in helping to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and will be holding a fund raising ‘Beach Party’ event on Friday.
The trek takes place from 16th-23rd March and all participants need to raise at least £3,000.
The challenge includes a trek through Sedona, the Grand Canyon National Park, treading an ancient Indian trail 31,000ft down to the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
Carolyn said: “I’m now just waiting to get out there, I feel ready.”
Donations can be made by logging onto www.justgiving.com/Carolyn-Thorne-GrandCanyon.or sent to 329-331, Carlton Hill, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 1JE.
Cheques should be made payable to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Donations can be brought in person to Top Spot Club on Carlton Hill, Carlton.