Mildenhall trainee naval officer takes on Sahara Desert trek for charities

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A naval officer trainee from Mildenhall has swapped sea for sand this month, tackling one of the world’s most challenging treks for charity.

Sam Mitchell, 25, travelled to north Africa last Friday for this year’s Marathon des Sables, a gruelling six-day walk through the Sahara Desert.

He will be raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, Walking with the Wounded and the Britannia Association.

Sam, who is undertaking Royal Naval training at Dartmouth College, said: “It’s a challenge both mentally and physically and it will be awesome to do it.”

Having paid the £4,000 fee, participants cover 151 miles while self-navigating and carrying their own food and sleeping kit.

Sam said his choice of charity was motivated by his brother Steven, a former Royal Marine who undertook a tour in Afghanistan.

“It made me aware of what the guys do and how much they need support,” he said.

Mildenhall Cricket Club is hosting an event on April 17 to raise donations for Sam.