Desert walker raises cash for Gravesend charity
PUBLISHED: 10:37 09 June 2011
»Specialist rape charity Family Matters will be able to support additional child victims of abuse following a donation from a desert trekker.
Jobcentre worker Emma Wade, 30, handed over £3,000 to the Gravesend-based charity at the end of the week, earned through a nine-day trek across the Sahara Desert.
Emma, of Rose Street, Northfleet, said: “It is a very important charity to me and does an invaluable job,”
Describing her walk, completed earlier this year, she said: “We had sand storms for the first two days and even some rain.
“The weather took us by surprise, none of us expected it except the local guides.”
Malcolm Gilbert, director of the charity thanked Emma, saying: “The sexual abuse and rape of children is a difficult subject. It makes the fact that Emma has chosen this cause and put up with this level of hardship to support the young people who have suffered this trauma all the more impressive. We will be able to support seven or eight Gravesend children with this money.”