Dilys will trek across the desert for charityBy Laura Herbert
October 13, 2009
A theatre group member will be swapping costumes for walking boots to trek across Egypt to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dilys Corlett decided to embark on the biggest challenge of her life by walking through the Egyptian desert and then climbing Mount Sinai to raise funds to help sufferers of the disease.
The 59-year-old from Hartleaps Close in Sandhurst, said her inspiration to raise money for the charity and take part in the challenge came from her mother who died two years ago after suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years.
“It’s soul-destroying to see somebody go through that,” she said.
“One minute they are fantastic then the next they are shouting and screaming and then comes the ‘not knowing who you are’ phase.”
She added: “I read an article by Fiona Phillips [former GMTV presenter] who is patron of the society. I decided I’m getting a bit older and I wanted to do a 10-mile walk or something.”
Dilys, a member of the Shinfield Players, turned to the Alzheimer’s Society website for inspiration where she found the expedition.
“It’s more of a challenge as it will prove to myself I can do it,” she said.
“I chose this one because climbing Mount Sinai has a bit of a meaning as it is where Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Dilys will fly out on November 21 and begin the trek two days later when they start climbing the mountain at 2am.
“I’m just so excited, it’s unbelievable because it’s such a challenge for me personally,” she said.
Ahead for next month’s challenge Dilys has been busy fundraising to hit her £2,000 target.
She said: “The Alzheimer’s Society gave me a really good programme to help with training suggesting two five-mile walks a week but I have been doing that every day as I have a puppy to help.”
She has also been taking yoga classes and is starting a month-long exercise plan at her local gym, as well as spending a walking week in the Lake District.
She has managed to raise £500 already and the Alzheimer’s Society has been chosen as this year’s charity by Shinfield Players.
The group began collecting at their production of Sweeney Todd and will continue at every show until July.