Six Days In The Sahara
Adrenaline Junkie Duo Conquered The Toughest Footrace On Earth For Children’s Armed Forces Charity
Two ex-forces men spent six days in the Sahara Desert, conquering the toughest footrace on Earth in honour of Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Based in Ashford, Kent and Wickford, Essex, Kevin Godlington (41) and Michael Kay (31) headed to Southern Morocco earlier this month to begin their toughest challenge to date, the Marathon des Sables all in aid of a charity which supports the children our fallen heroes leave behind.
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children across the UK who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ mission is to help children smile again after losing a parent in the British Armed Forces. With a combined military service of 19 years, Michael and Kevin have seen the direct impact losing a parent in the Armed Forces has on a child, and as a result knew Scotty’s was the right charity for their support.
Pushing themselves to the limit, Kevin and Michael battled through the 254km stretch of desert in 100-degree heat, overcoming injury and lack of sleep to complete the incredible challenge and beat their target of raising £15,000 for the children’s charity.
Reflecting on the race, Michael Kay said: “Having spent many years in the Armed Forces, Kevin and I witnessed first-hand the devasting effect losing a parent has on a child within an Armed Forces family, so instantly knew Scotty’s Little Soldiers was the charity we wanted to support.
“The Marathon des Sables was the toughest challenge Kevin and I have ever undertaken, pushing us to the limit both physically and mentally. After seven days of sweat, swelling and pain, we proudly made it to the finish line, raising almost £17,000 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.”
Charity founder, Nikki Scott, commented on the Marathon des Sables challenge: “We cannot thank Michael and Kevin enough for taking on the toughest footrace on Earth in support of Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The incredible amount the pair have raised will help many children begin to smile again after the loss of an Armed Forces parent.”
To donate to Michael and Kevin’s fundraising page visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-godlington2