THE marketing manager of two Cashino gaming centres in Ilfracombe is training for a 100-kilometre charity trek across the world's hottest desert.
Phil Gibbs will cross the Sahara to raise money for the Responsible Gambling Trust.
The Trust encourages people to gamble responsibly through education and provides treatment to people with gambling problems.
Mr Gibbs is one of 24 gambling industry representatives who is taking on the trek and has set himself the challenge of raising £3,000.
"As a company, Cashino Gaming is a major supporter of the Responsible Gambling Trust," he said.
"We want our customers to have a fantastic time with us but we do our utmost to ensure they gamble responsibly.
"I must admit, the prospect of walking for days across the largest desert on the African continent was slightly daunting, especially when I found out how hot it's going to be, but it will be worth it if we hit our fundraising target."
To help Phil reach his personal goal visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/philsbigtrek to make a donation.
The expedition starts on March 22 and is scheduled to last five days.