Chiswick Mum to trek across the desert

Carla Durkan Takes On Desert Challenge for Cancer Research


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Chiswick mother of two, Carla Durkan, will courageously take on the challenge of trekking across the Namib Desert this April. The Namib Desert is the oldest in the world as well as one of the largest and Carla’s trek will cover over 120km. Lasting 7 days, this will be a tough physical challenge as an deeply emotional one.

Having lost her brother to cancer two years ago, Carla is not only determined to complete this challenge in his memory, she is also hoping to raise more than £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Carla has already raised a significant amount in personal sponsorships, and fundraising, - with a little help from her friends, she collected £640 whilst packing customers’ bags in Chiswick Sainsburys.

What astonished those who were helping on that day was not only the generosity of people, but also the number who spoke about themselves or loved ones who were suffering from this prolific disease. It is estimated that a staggering 1 in 3 of us will, at some time in our lives, contract a form of cancer and for this reason Carla has set her sights on raising as much money as possible for research.

On Saturday 13th March 2004, Carla and friends will host ‘Bollywood Comes to Chiswick’ an evening of music, dancing and fine Indian food. Held in Chiswick Town Hall, tickets for this event cost £25 including dinner and entry to a draw for a two-night stay in a 5-star hotel in Rome. are proud to be sponsoring this event although additional sponsors are needed in order to cover all costs. All profits go directly to Cancer Research UK.

To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation to Carla’s Challenge, please contact Carla Durkan at

January 17, 2004