A Clitheroe paramedic with the North West Air Ambulance raised £2,619 for the life-saving service that she works for by trekking across the Sahara desert.
Caroline Pearce (34), a former pupil of St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School, Clitheroe, and St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, said: “The NWAA is, obviously, close to my heart and has an amazing team, which is why I wanted to raise funds in order to keep the helicopters flying.”
Caroline, of Riverside, Low Moor, trekked for six days across the Moroccan part of the Sahara.
She had to walk for up to eight hours a day in scorching temperatures when she undertook the trek last month following trails led by camels and camping in the desert each night.
There were no toilet or washing facilities during her trek and the scorching days were followed by freezing nights.
Caroline, the daughter of retired local coal merchant John Pearce, is a Ribble Valley Triathlon Club member, and completed an Ironman Triathlon this year.
“As I work on the air ambulance, I daily see the difference it can make to people’s lives,” she said. “ We cover the whole of the North-West and are mainly dispatched to road traffic collisions, areas with difficult access or places that are not accessible by a land ambulance, and to the most serious incidents.”