Elland couple taking on desert heat for charity

Liz and Dave Jessop at Cooper Kitchen, Elland, who will walk across the Arabian desert for charity.
Liz and Dave Jessop at Cooper Kitchen, Elland, who will walk across the Arabian desert for charity.
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AN Elland couple will today start a 60-mile walk across a Jordan desert.

Dave and Liz Jessop, who have owned Cooper Kitchen on Southgate for 19 years, have embarked on a 60 mile walk in scorching 35C heat to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

They have decided to pay for walk as a Christmas present for each other and donate the money the raise to the charity, but Dave admits there was a bit of confusion when Liz told him her idea.

“When she said I was getting Jordan for Christmas I think I got the wrong end of the stick,” he joked.

“I was looking for a new charity to represent and I asked my children if they had any suggestions and my daughter Rebecca suggested the Teenage Cancer Trust straight away.”

Dave, who has done several sponsored challenges in the past, said he thinks walking in the desert will be one of the toughest.

“I think the heat will be the problem,” he said. “It’ll be so hot during the day and then will drop to freezing at night.”

They will be part of a 26-person team, which includes a doctor and a guide, and will stay in Bedouin tents.

Dave has in the past walked for 26 hours straight on a 1,000km walk for Oxfam and scaled the Toubkal mountain in Morocco.

“Camping in the desert is the bit Liz is most worried about,” Dave said.

“It’s something new for her but I’m sure it’ll be a brilliant experience,” he said.