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Former staff nurse takes on the Toubkal Trek

Former staff nurse at Rachel House, Rachael Nixon, set her sights on conquering Mount Toubkal to raise funds for CHAS.

When Rachael saw that CHAS were heading to Morroco to trek the Sahara she thought that it looked incredible but she wanted to do something a little bit different and so when she looked into other options, the Mount Toubkal Trek caught her eye.

Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa and is described as the crowning glory of Morocco. It's definitely no easy challenge as Rachael was trekking for up to 8 hours each day but she said that the whole team really came together to keep the team morale up which made such a huge difference. The highlight of her trip was getting to experience the stunning scenery and break-taking views across North Africa, and also getting to meet the locals who were so friendly and welcoming.

Rachael celebrated her birthday whilst on the trip and when the team reached the summit, a chocolate cake was brought out whilst everyone sung happy birthday. Rachael said that she was feeling a bit cold and miserable but this definitely cheered her up!

She shared her reasons behind taking on such a tough challenge.

"I was a nurse in Rachel House so I saw first-hand exactly where the money goes to and the difference that it makes to the families and children who use our services."

Rachael has raised over £1,500 through her efforts - thank you so much, you're amazing!

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