A BARNSLEY lass is pulling on her walking boots to start a gruelling five-day trek across the Sahara Desert in aid of Help for Heroes.

Michelle Parker, 33, will be taking on the challenge with her 40-year-old partner Steve Slater on October 26.

They will be walking 62 miles over five days - tackling sand, rocky terrain and scorching temperatures at the world's hottest desert.

Michelle, who works for a dental studio on Peel Parade in the town centre, agreed to do the walk after Steve spotted the challenge online.

"I've never done anything like this before so it might be the first of many, or the first and the last!" Michelle said.

The couple will be raising money for Help for Heroes as Michelle's brother John Wise, 37, is a sergeant in the Royal Engineers.

He has served in the army for 18 years Michelle said and she and Steve are wanting to raise £500 for the cause.

About 20 people will be taking part in the trip and they will be camping out along the way.

Michelle is 'a bit nervous' about the scorpions but says she is looking forward to the trip.

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