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Housing boss on top of the world after toughest challenge ever

Fri 04 May 2018

An inspiring housing leader has spoken about the toughest challenge of her life.

Colne Housing's Chief Executive Sara Thakkar was part of a 15-strong group who summited North Africa’s tallest peak to help children with cancer in developing countries .

From the top of Jebel Trobkal in the Atlas Mountains, she said: ‘“My word, it was tough but such an incredible experience! A huge thanks to all the wonderful people who sponsored me for this amazing cause. This was absolutely the toughest thing I have EVER done!  But so proud to have made it!

“With the money the group raised we calculate that we can improve 150 children’s lives for a year; be that helping them live, or supporting them to die in better circumstances.”

The team took on the four day trek in aid of World Child Cancer, a charity that supports children with cancer in developing countries around the world.

Sara, who joined the Essex-based housing association in 2015, added: ‘What I have done is nothing compared to the challenges faced by kids like Daudi  face. They live in a tiny village in Africa with no real facilities. They walk many miles a day to get the support that they need. Not just basic supplies and fresh water, but much needed cancer treatment for Daudi, a child dealing with that ultimate challenge above all the others he already faces.”

The Rotary Club of Colchester – which includes past Board members of Colne – kindly donated £150 to the cause after Sara was invited to talk to them about the history of the housing association in April.

You can still support Sara, who lives in Colchester, on her fundraising page.

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Housing boss on top of the world after toughest challenge ever

Sara Thakkar at top of Atlas Mountains

Housing boss on top of the world after toughest challenge ever

This little boy Daudi has cancer, he has to walk miles to get treatment.