Deptherapy Veterans to Trek Hadrian's Wall in Support of Egypt Dive Base
A group of veterans from scuba diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy is to undertake a 40-mile expedition-style trek along historic Hadrian’s Wall this July to raise funds for the staff at Roots Red Sea, the El Quseir-based dive centre at which many of Deptherapy's overseas training is based.
Roots Red Sea has been closed since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic last Spring, and with Egypt still on the red list for UK travellers, the centre is unlikely to re-open for the foreseeable future. UK couple Steve and Clare Rattle, who own Roots Red Sea, have been supporting the dive centre's 16 staff and their families but, faced with an ever increasingly uncertain future, Deptherapy's members have decided to add their support.
With facilities at Roots Red Sea offering a combination of self-contained and fully adapted accommodation, as well as a team of highly trained staff, Deptherapy ran 2-3 trips to Roots resort each year, prior to the coronavirus shutdown. The team has shifted its training to UK waters but intends to return once travel restrictions are lifted.
'We’re hoping to raise £3,000 for the staff at Roots to support their families due to hardship caused by the pandemic,' said Tom Oates, Deptherapy Divemaster, Ambassador and former Scots Guard. 'Deptherapy has been a lifeline for so many of us beneficiaries and an essential part of that journey has been our scuba diving adventures at Roots Red Sea. We view the staff at Roots as part of our extended families. They have become close friends. The welcome, service and care we are shown is unbelievable but now it is our turn to give something back. The staff at Roots have given us everything and have helped to save and change our lives. Now, they need our support.'
'This is an amazing endeavour from the guys at Deptherapy,' says Steve Rattle, who is organising the logistics of the trek which is planned to stretch over several days. 'We have supported the charity for many years; it’s always been a delight to have them come to Roots and to see them really benefit from the experience. Now the tables are turned, and it is the families of Roots that are in need of help. It is really humbling to have Team Deptherapy now raising money for them. Awesome effort!'
The fundraiser is scheduled to take place from 12 -16 July 2021, starting from Heddon on the Wall in the east to Lenercost in the west. The Deptherapy team is hoping to raise at least £3000 to support the families Roots Red Sea's staff, and a special JustGiving Page has been created to welcome donations at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rootsredseafundraiser.
For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk