A PURBECK businessman has set foot in the Sahara in a bid to raise £6,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Peter Lappin is managing director of Wareham-based power and display company Relec Electronics and has just returned from taking part in the Big Relec Desert Challenge, an adventure which saw him trek across 100 kilometres in five days.

Peter went walking every weekend since October to prepare for the mission, with support from physiotherapist Tim Cruse-Drew, who worked with Eddie Izzard when the comedian completed 27 marathons in 27 days.

He said: "Children and young peoples lives being affected by this terrible disease which is absolutely random, and purely 'bad luck' with a mutated gene. I urge you to donate what you can, please help as every pound will make a difference."

The Brain Tumour Charity allocates 80 per cent of all funds raised to finding cures, research, raising awareness with GPs through early testing and therefore earlier detection of tumours, and support for tumour sufferers.

Peter has pledged to raise £6,000 and Relec will match every pound he raises through his JustGiving page.

Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-lappin1 to donate.