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A Gidea Park woman has completed a gruelling five-day trek in Jordan to raise money for the charity who cared for her father when he battled cancer.

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Laura Hanley, 34, raised £4,200 for Saint Francis Hospice, in Broxhill Road, after they treated her father Michael in the final stages of his battle against stomach cancer in 2009.

She said: “His condition declined quickly and the hospice stepped in and delivered equipment so we could care for him at home and with daily visits from the excellent hospice nurses.”

Ms Hanley’s trek took her to red rock city of Petra. She returned on November 22.

She added: “The trek was amazing. The first two days were tough as it was constant ups and downs as we crossed mountains, but this just made it more fun.

“I feel as if I’ve earned the sponsorship money, which was an important factor for me given everyone has been so generous in their donations.”

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