AN adventurer trekked 130 miles across the Sahara Desert to help disadvantaged youngsters.
Kevin Finlay, from Millfield, undertook the expedition with 16 other people to raise money for the Davey Cooper Centre, which helps children with learning difficulties.
During the 11-day challenge, the intrepid team encountered sand storms and even flash floods.
“We had to pick an alternative route,” said Kevin. “But as there was a flood all of the rivers we had to cross were overflowing.
“Our local guides helped us out a lot, but because we had to choose a new route the trek took a lot longer than it should have.”
The 34-year-old raised £500 for his efforts.
“It’s great how much money we have raised so far and there’s still money coming through,” he said. “Hopefully, we can raise a lot more.
“It was a really tough challenge, but I’d like to push myself further next time like I have done in the past.”
It is not the first time that Kevin, who works at Nissan, has pushed himself to the limit for a good cause.
In 2008 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for the Davey Cooper Centre, and is in no hurry to stop fund-raising.
“I definitely want to do something a lot more challenging next time,” he said.
“I’m thinking about trekking through the Borneo jungle for my next fund-raiser.
“It would require a lot more planning and training, but it’s definitely something I’d want to pursue.”
“In the meantime I’m training for the Sunderland Half Marathon and the Great North Run, where again I’m hoping to raise more money.”