September 2 2014 Latest news:
Friday, November 1, 2013
Four north Norfolk men raised just over £11,000 for charity after trekking 141km across the Namibian desert in a heat wave.
Adam Babbage, 28, Tim Love, 38, and Daryl Harrod, 23, all retained firefighters from Cromer, and school friend Nathan Goff, 28, from Metton, completed the week-long challenge with six other people for the Firefighters Charity.
The national charity raises money for injured firefighters and their families.
Mr Babbage, from Mill Road, Cromer, said: “It was amazing and a bit of an eye-opener because it is such a different culture. The trek was brilliant and the area was so different to anywhere else I have been before. It was nice to get away from everything and good to do something for the charity.”
As well as the long distance, the main challenge was the heat which reached 47C and remained warm at night, when the team camped.
Mr Babbage said the heat made the walk physically demanding and he drank 10 litres of water a day.
Everyone completed the walk, despite some suffering from heatstroke, and wildlife spotted on the trek included ostriches, giraffes, snakes, springbok and zebras.
“Everyone got on well and helped each other out,” he added.
Mr Babbage, has been a retained firefighter for six years and works from the Sheringham station in the day and Cromer station at night.
When he is not tackling fires he works at the Priory Maze and Gardens attraction in Sheringham, owned by his family.
He has taken part in previous fund-raisers for the Firefighters Charity.
The Namibia trek started at the dry river bed of the Ugab, continued through the Damaraland region, past the Brandberg Mountain, and finished on the Skeleton Coast.
The four men expect to raise £12,000 combined by March for their effort and to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/adambabbage.