Virus halts Peterborough boss’ Sahara trip

Shine Chairman Richard Astle who is also managing director of Peterborough-based Athene Communication

Shine Chairman Richard Astle who is also managing director of Peterborough-based Athene Communication

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An unknown virus forced the cancellation of a charity trip in the Sahara Desert featuring the chief executive of Peterborough City Council.

Gillian Beasley had to be evacuated from the Sahara via a seven-hour drive across some of the most barren and isolated landscapes in the world.

She was joined on her trip to raise money for Shine by the charity’s chairman Richard Astle, who is managing director of Peterborough-based Athene Communications, and Aidan Kehoe, who is CEO of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, and treasurer of Shine.

The trekkers managed three days before the trip was abandoned due to several people being taken seriously ill with the virus.

The trip was meant to last 10 days and help Shine fund a new Health Hub at its base in Park Road, Peterborough, which will include a fully-accessible health suite and an independence training kitchen.

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