Nottingham store director, Simon Dunn will be competing in the gruelling Marathon des Sables (MDS) this month to raise money for charity.

Beginning on Sunday 10 April, Simon will be running what has been dubbed by National Geographic ‘the toughest footrace on earth’; a 159 mile self-supported trek across the Sahara desert. Running six marathons in six days, Simon will be enduring temperatures of more than 40 degrees, while carrying enough food and equipment to keep him going.

Simon is running the MDS to fundraise for a charity close to his heart, the Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA). Last year, his son Harry was diagnosed with a condition called Ulcerative Colitis. CICRA is dedicated to creating a wider understanding of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, particularly as it affects children and young adults. It raises funds to support approved medical and scientific research aimed at finding more effective treatments and an eventual cure.

Simon said: ‘I wanted to do something challenging and a bit different to encourage people to donate to a really worthy cause. Running isn't my thing and I don't even like the beach so I think the 'longest and sandiest MDS yet' is going to be somewhat challenging!’

Over the past few months, Simon has seen his target of £3,000 exceeded by 74% to its current £5,231 mark, thanks to the generous donations from customers, friends and family. He is still hoping to increase this, and would welcome any donations to his JustGiving page.

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