Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Desert trekker raises funds for cancer charity

10:00 03 January 2014

Mark Wright, from Sudbury, during his trek across Jordon

Mark Wright, from Sudbury, during his trek across Jordon


Freezing night time temperatures, strong winds and camping on perilous mountain side ledges were just some of the challenges encountered by a Sudbury man during a fundraising trek across Jordan.


Spurred on by the success of a personal goal to lose four stones in weight in just a year, 32-year-old Mark Wright decided to embark on another mission to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Mr Wright, from Uplands Road, undertook a four-day trek across the desert in Jordan, starting at the south end of the Dead Sea and ending in Petra.

He overcame a number of obstacles while walking for between six and eight hours a day to cover around 64km of harsh desert terrain. So far, the challenge has yielded £1,500 for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

He said: “People assume that trekking across the desert would be flat terrain but we went over every mountain possible. We started at the Dead Sea which is 400 metres below sea level and within a day we had gone about 15km up to 1,300m above sea level.

“The worst part for me was walking along really narrow mountain ledges on the edge of sheer drops where we were literally clinging on to rocks. By the time we got to Petra, I really felt I had earned the right to be there.”

Mr Wright, who works as a sales advisor at Winch and Blatch, believes the discomfort he encountered during the trip was worthwhile. He added: “I saw the advert for the ‘Britain Versus Cancer’ trek in a Weightwatchers magazine and thought it would a great way to combine a physical challenge with raising money for a good cause. I chose prostate cancer because men rarely talk about the disease even though it is the biggest killer in terms of men’s cancers.”



Highpoint Prison in Stradishall, Suffolk.

A BB gun and ammunition were found by an inmate at a prison in Suffolk.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash in Needham Market

Emergency services were called to a collision in High Street, Needham Market this afternoon.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A chimney sweeper remains in a critical condition with spinal injuries after falling from a roof in Combs yesterday.

Will  Ian Cumming be crowned Bake Off Champion 2015 tonight?

Tonight marks the grand final of the Great British Bake Off and viewers will watch as Ian Cumming, Nadiya Hussain and Tamal Ray battle it out for the Bake Off crown.

Hattie Lewis holding 'Mr Ted' 
He went missing on Wednesday, September 30

A desperate mum is calling on the residents of Sudbury to help her find a missing teddy bear belonging to her four-year-old daughter.

Call for tightening of UK border controls

Suffolk’s “horrified” Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has demanded EU border control reforms after a convicted paedophile banned from the UK was jailed again for returning to work with teenagers.

Stock image.

Fifteen tonnes of concrete blocks fell out of a lorry after it crashed in a ditch in Suffolk.

Newborn baby

Expectant fathers can now be on hand to comfort their partners during early labour in a move to reduce stress and anxiety for mums-to-be.

solar panels

Proposals to install solar panels on 2,000 council homes across Ipswich have been abandoned after the Government announced it was changing the tariffs paid for renewable energy.

BBC reporter Kim Riley and his cameraman Shaun Whitmore experienced problems with their car's remote locking on a visit to Lowestoft. Photo: Shaun Whitmore.

An interfering mobile phone mast could be the reason why Lowestoft residents are facing a mysterious problem with locking their cars remotely, a motoring organisation has said.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages