INTREPID Millander Tom Boam, who took part earlier this year in what has been described as ‘the toughest foot race on Earth’, has raised more than £10,500 for charity.
Tom took part in the gruelling Marathon des Sables (MDS) which is a 250k race on foot through the Sahara Desert over six days where contestants are forced to carry all their own food and equipment.
He completed the challenge in 40 hours and 19 minutes, coming 288th from a total of 1,100 starters from all over the world.
He said at times the only thing that kept him going was the thought he was raising money for Dementia UK, his chosen charity after his mother was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
Shortly after his return, he said it had been a tough challenge, but his memory had already covered it with a ‘rose tint’.
“Through the training and the event itself, raising money for Dementia UK proved a strong motivation,” he told the Observer.
Now he has collected all his sponsorship, he has sent a grand total of £10,640 to the charity.