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Derbyshire man braves blistering heat to raise money for local air ambulance

A man from Derby has completed an epic 100 mile walk in the blistering heat of the Sahara Desert over a period of eight days to raise £5,260.00 for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Shakeel Mirza faced daily temperatures of up to 38 degrees and camped out in the desert with night-time temperatures of just minus four to raise an amazing amount of money for his local lifesaving air ambulance – a service funded entirely by donations.

Shakeel received fantastic support through sponsorship and events held at his Snooker Club, Jaxx in Derby and has decided to continue fundraising for us throughout the year!

Shakeel Mirza commented: “I have carried out many challenge events for other charities over the years and I am delighted to be working with The Air Ambulance Service who save lives in Derbyshire and further afield – it’s a cause close to everyone’s heart.”

Community Fundraising Executive for DLRAA, Kerry Wilson, added: “We are delighted that Shakeel has chosen to work with us and amazed by the dedication he has put into fundraising.

“Having visited the Snooker Club on a few occasions, it is lovely to see how Shakeel is supported by his wife, staff and customers. Thank you Shakeel – we really appreciate your support.”

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