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28 March 2013

Cardiff and Vale College’s Cat raises more than £3,000 for British Heart Foundation in desert trek

Cardiff and Vale College Complementary Therapy Lecturer and Co-ordinator Cat Hillier has raised £3,150 for the British Heart Foundation by trekking across the Sahara desert.Sahara-3_page.jpg

Cat wanted to do something for the Foundation after BHF cared for her mother when she was diagnosed with a genetic form of heart failure. She braved the desert heat with sister in law Linzi Obradovic.

“After six long, hot days and endless sand dunes, we managed to trek a distance of 77 miles – I have the blisters to prove it!” Cat said. “The days were hot and the evenings were dark and cold. The temperature in the day reached 43 degrees and the evening was as low as -2.

“I can definitely say that trekking in the desert in sand storms, heat and no toilet facilities is a very interesting experience – and one that I will take away with me for ever.”

The trek was part of a series of charitable events that Cat has organised that have included selling cakes to her students and a charity meal in the Glamorgan Suite, the College’s restaurant.

While Cat has raised £3,150 she has not yet reached her target of £3,500. If you would like to make a donation, contact catherinehillier@hotmail.com