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Posted by Target Ovarian Cancer on Thursday 12 November 2009

Hot, scorching weather did not stop the brave trekkers in the Sahara from setting off on their 100km sponsored walk with camels to raise funds to help women with ovarian cancer.

Matt Connell, aged 25, from Manchester; Janneke Versteeg, from the Netherlands; Peter Dunbavin and Ria Jones joined other friends and family of Eilish Colclough, a 42 year old mother of five from Derbyshire with ovarian cancer for the desert adventure, which was due to finish on November 11.

Nobody was going to miss them if they got lost - Matt shaved all his hair off and sported a 12 inch bright pink Mohican for the trip - all to raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer.

"The first morning was rather special," Matt texted to us on Monday," we started the day drinking water alongside the camels!"

Eilish's nephew, Matt and the others are part of an impressive group of people who have taken up the Love Eilish Sahara Challenge. Eilish has been doing her best this summer working with us to raise awareness of symptoms, despite being ill herself. It all involved five days crossing the Atlas mountains in Morocco with a caravan of camels and a truck.

"What an inspiration they all are," said Jerry Doyle, Director of Communications at Target Ovarian Cancer. "Though they have trekked the Sahara they have really followed in Eilish's footsteps by taking up the challenge to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in the UK. We want to say thanks and well done to everyone, including Matt, Janneke,Peter, Ria, Eilish's 23-year-old daughter, Emma and Eilish's sister, Teresa Connell who has worked really hard to get people involved."