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Sahara Desert Challenge

Sahara Desert Challenge

Gloucestershire Young Carers supports children and young people whose lives are affected by having family members who are long-term ill, disabled, experiencing mental ill health or who are affected by substance misuse. We work with young carers from 8 years old upwards to reduce the impact of their caring role.

This year we are encouraging you, our supporters, to step outside of your comfort zone – just like young carers do on a daily basis. Rise to the challenge of: The Sahara Desert Challenge.

A 100km trek over 5 days through the plateaus, dunes and stunning oases of the Sahara Desert.

We aim to raise a total of £6,000 which would fund one of our respite support groups for young carers for a year, giving these young people an opportunity to take a break from their adult-sized challenges at home, meet with other young carers and have access to youth workers trained in young carer issues.

For this reason we ask each participant on this Challenge to commit to fundraising between £250 and £500 each. We appreciate that the amount individuals are able to raise may vary but we will help to publicise your involvement in this exciting challenge set for February next year.


Day 1 Marrakech – Ouarzazate

Arrive and met by our guide at the airport. We transfer via Tichka Pass, the highest and most beautiful road pass in Morocco, to the south of Morocco, to Ait Ben Haddou and onto Ouarzazate. Overnight in a 4 Star hotel in Ouarzazate, lunch and dinner.

Day 2 Faija to Amda Noumssafi

After an early start we transfer to the start of our trek at Plateau Faija where we will have lunch and then trek through Jebel Bani, Col Umm Laachar and finish at Amda Noumssafi. Approx. 3 hours trekking. Overnight desert camp Amda Noumssafi, full board.

Day 3 Amda Noumssafi – Chegaga

Passing by Lmhasser, we will set out along a dry riverbed taking us out into the desert sands. From there, we will start at a rocky plateau, just after the pass at El Abbes we head to Chegaga, taking in the deep desert’s stunning views and atmosphere. 8 -9 hours trekking. Overnight desert camp Chegaga, full board.

Day 4 – Chegaga – Bougarn

Today will take us out of the multitude of small dunes in Chegaga toward the direction of Mhamid and Oued Draa. We will have lunch under the trees at Tamarist and then head on to the dunes of Bougarn. Today will be arduous on our feet as we trek over hard, rocky terrain and hot sand. 7 – 8 hours trekking. Overnight at desert camp Bourgarn, full board. Day 5 – Bougarn – Wadi NaamAn early start so we can appreciate a spectacular desert morning. The small shrubs, small dunes, Tamarist trees and desert acacia create a wonderful atmosphere as the sun rises in the east. We will then head out across the dunes and desert plain to camp at Oued Naam. 7 – 8 hours trekking. Overnight desert camp Oued Naam, full board.

Day 6 – Oued Naam – Mhamid – Ait Ben Haddou

On final day of our challenge we trek towards to Mhamid, we will take a well-earned rest before returning to Ait Ben Haddou just after lunch. Tonight we can celebrate our achievements. 3 – 4 hours trekking. Overnight 4 Star hotel in Ait Ben Haddou, full board.

Day 7 – Transfer to Marrakech

After breakfast we will transfer back to Marrakech for our flight home. Breakfast and lunch.

Thank you for your support.

Contact Jane Dyer on: for more details.

Hidden Potential – Are You An Artist?

Hidden Potential – Are You An Artist?

We have been involving young carers in our Hidden Potential fundraising project. At a workshop held in the inspirational venue of Gloucester Cathedral a group of young people produced some amazing pieces which will be displayed at Elmore Court in September alongside work by such esteemed artists as Nic Fiddian Green, Wolfgang Buttress and John Isaacs.

In addition to well-known artists, we have also received pieces from actors Penelope Keith and Simon Pegg, TV doctor Dr Hilary and celebrity music producer Magnus Fiennes.

We are hoping to gather up to 400 pieces of art – from oil to pencil, photography to buttons. It doesn’t matter – as long as it is only the size of a postcard.

We will displaying all of the art at Elmore Court, Gloucester in September, selling them blind for £50 each. Buyers will receive a raffle ticket and will then be allocated a postcard – it may have been donated by a well-known artist or a talented young carer, a volunteer or just a kind donor. Buyers will also be invited to the canapes and drinks reception which will mark the distribution of the art.

All funds, of course, will go towards our charity’s work with young carers across the county.

Details of the sale will be revealed later in the year BUT for now we need your help gathering together the art. Are you a talented artist? Do you know a famous artist? What about a celebrity who can sketch something special?

Please contact our fundraiser Jane Dyer on 07828016857 or email her on

Volunteers Required for Touching Souls Tearooms Tewkesbury

We will be running the Touching Souls Tearooms at Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday June 22nd from 10.00am to 3.30pm.

As usual we will require cakes. If you have made cakes for this tearoom event in the past you will be aware that they like nice, huge cakes and very traditional – Victoria, chocolate, coffee, fruit, muffins, fairy cakes. Any donations of cakes would be most gratefully accepted.

We also need hands on deck on the day – people to serve on counter, make sandwiches, operate our dishwasher and the till. If you would like to volunteer then get in touch. This event can make around £300 which is vital funds for our charity’s work supporting young carers. We suggest popping along for around 2 hours. Thank you.

Please contact Jane Dyer, Fundraising Manager, on: or 07828016857 to let her know when you can help during the day.