An arcade worker is embarking on a 66-mile trek across the Sahara desert to raise £3,000 for a charity which encourages people to gamble responsibly.
Phil Gibbs, the marketing manager for two Cashino gaming centres in Norfolk Street and Purfleet Street, Lynn, agreed to do the trek on the spur of the moment during a work meeting.
And in just a few weeks’ time, he will face the world’s hottest desert and obstacles including sand dunes, salt flats, dry valleys and gravel plains.
Mr Gibbs, who will be going with 23 other adventurers representing different sectors of the gambling industry, said: “The prospect of walking for days across the largest desert on the African continent is slightly daunting, but I am getting quite excited now.”
The group is aiming to raise £50,000 for the Responsible Gambling Trust, a charity which educates gamblers and provides treatment for people with gambling problems.
Mr Gibbs, of Market Harborough, has set himself a personal challenge of raising £3,000.
He said: “As a company, we want our customers to have a fantastic time with us but we do our utmost to ensure they gamble responsibly.
The expedition starts on Saturday, March 22, and will take a week to complete.
To make a donation visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/philsbigtrek