Pals set to trek for hospital cash

Hannah Swanson, left, and Sophie Maxwell prepare for a marathon desert trek in Jordan.
Hannah Swanson, left, and Sophie Maxwell prepare for a marathon desert trek in Jordan.
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BEST pals Sophie Maxwell and Hannah Swanson are set to trek across a Jordanian desert to raise money for a North West cancer charity.

Ex Rainford High pupil Sophie, 23, of Garswood, admits that the marathon eight-day challenge will test the duo to the limit.

But she’s confident that their determination to raise as much money as possible for the Clatterbridge cancer charity will see them through.

Sophie said: “It’s an amazing challenge which is going to force us into some big changes to allow us to complete it. But we’ve started training already and are working really hard so I’m confident we’ll both finish.

“We’ve been doing swimming and bike rides four days a week. It’s hard work but I can already feel the benefits, albeit underneath all the aches and pains!”

Sophie and Hannah, 27, who both work for Santander, hope to raise £5,000 between them for their chosen charity before the April trek.

The eight-day challenge will see the duo fly out to Amman in Jordan before transferring to Wadi Arava which connects the Dead Sea with the Red Sea.

There, they will trek through Wadi Kudeira, which is renowned for its sheer, steep canyon walls, the Black Mountains and across a highland desert where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed.

The finishing line will be the ancient rose-coloured city of Petra.

Sophie added: “Our friends and family are really supportive of us both - although they must think we’re slightly mad.

“We’ve both done fundraising before - I did a skydive for Diabetes UK last year and Hannah has swum with sharks for Clatterbridge - but this challenge will be something else.

“It’s going to be really gruelling but it’s for such a good cause that it will be worth the hard work. Clatterbridge is the only charity that raises funds to directly benefit the patients of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.”

If you want to direct sponsorship towards Sophie, text SJMC89 £(amount) to 70070 or go online at:

Santander are set to match some of the donations to help boost Sophie and Hannah’s fundriaisng total.