In November, Phil Glenister from Cisco International Limited and his friend Andy Watson accomplished an amazing feat in support of The Disabilities Trust.

The pair challenged themselves with a ride across Death Valley, Eastern California, the hottest and driest area in North America, to raise money for the Trust’s Heathermount School in Ascot. The six-day challenge took them through eerie ghost towns, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and to the finishing point of the bright lights of Las Vegas.

They covered 238 miles, ascending to 5,500 feet in 38 degree temperatures. Phil said: “It was by far the hardest physical challenge I have undertaken so far!”

“It’s hard to summarise what was an epic challenge and journey through Death Valley, a place where the desolation, the beauty and the silence is often quite haunting and where you find yourself at times in a meditative state.”

Phil raised a total of £2,650 for Heathermount School, which will be used to purchase sports equipment for the new sports hall currently under construction. This includes four wall mounted basketball hoops and a 13 metre retractable full height sports net.

Headteacher Ruth Bovill said: “It is such a fantastic achievement and we are extremely grateful for Phil and Andy’s efforts. We will be using the money to purchase new equipment for the new sports hall which I know the children will really appreciate.”