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Bickley mum treks across Tanzanian desert for charity

PUBLISHED: 15:26 08 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 08 October 2015

Debbie and Colin

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Debbie Lock raised more than £10,000 for Breast Cancer Now

Debbie (Inside left) with the group and the MasaiDebbie (Inside left) with the group and the Masai

Having trekked the Tanznanian desert, a Bromley woman has raised more than £13,000 for a leading breast cancer charity.

Debbie Lock, St Georges Road West, Bickley, nearly quadrupled her initial goal of £3,500 after completing a 100km trek across Tanzania.

The mum of two returned to the UK on October 3, after trekking the plains for four days.

A group of six took the challenge, including Mrs Lock’s husband Colin and her brother in law.

Speaking of the experience, she said: “The experience was gruelling, on one day the temperature was 45 degrees, and once you start walking it’s difficult to keep yourself cool.”

“It was quite surreal; we walked pass zebra and giraffes while we walked.”

The 56 year old explained why she had decided to raise the money:

“I lost a friend of mine to breast cancer when she was 50, and in 2011 I decided to run the 2011 London Marathon with a group of friends together we raised £12,000.

“I also sit on the Breast Cancer Now Pink Ribbon Ball team, which last year raised £330,000 for the charity.

“Breast Cancer Now focuses on the research side of beating breast cancer, and are making so many discoveries on a daily basis that the public never hear about”

“There aim is to stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050.”

During her walk, battling extreme heat and barren land, the group were guided by local Maasai tribesman, which has further inspired Mrs Lock’s charitable drive.

“The Maasai people were so helpful, we’re looking to donate pens and pencils and shoes to them.”

“Of course we can’t stop the corruption in these countries, if we donate money we don’t know where it will go, but hopefully sending over things like shoes, they will go to the people who need them.”

Mrs Lock said of the walk: “Will I do it again? Probably.”

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