Charlotte Rutter: Desert trek continues Vicki Thomas’ legacy

Author: Charlotte Rutter - March 17, 2022

Charlotte Rutter, inspired by the incredible work of her close friend Vicki Thomas, will be trekking to Petra, Jordan to raise vital funds for Prevent Breast Cancer. Here are Charlotte’s motivations, fears and hopes for the challenge ahead. 


Charlotte Rutter



Breast cancer affects so many people; I can’t imagine there is anyone out there who doesn’t know someone who has been affected. For me, in 2019, as a result of aggressive breast cancer, the heavens gained the brightest of stars. My beautiful, ‘light up a room’ friend, Vicki Thomas, passed nearly two years ago at the age of 37. She was taken far too young after putting up a huge fight. She worked very closely with Prevent Breast Cancer and raised over £40K towards their vital research.

Vicki started working with the charity after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Nearly a year to the day of her diagnosis, we were all saying goodbye to her. In that year, Vicki showed such strength and light and was an inspiration to everyone around her. She raised so much money for the charity and really helped raise awareness of the great work they do. It is this legacy that has made me and many who knew her, want to carry on what she started. Her family and friends are continuing this mission in her name. Prevention is always better than a cure and this charity are doing fantastic work to change the lives of so many people, some who won’t even know about it yet.

Vicki Thomas



I will be trekking to Petra, covering 70km, over the period of a week in November 2021 with Charity Challenge. It involves trekking all day, every day through the desert, across hills and in high temperatures. It is certainly going to be hard work and hugely rewarding. I did a wing walk for Prevent Breast Cancer in 2019, it was amazing but also scary. This, however, is much more out of my comfort zone and frightens me much more. I figure to raise this much money; I am going to have to do something totally unexpected and crazy for me.

A breast cancer free future is the ultimate goal, to ensure no-one has to go through what Vicki’s family and friends have. Sadly, it is happening every day to so many. It would change the world – allow people to keep their families, and ensure lives aren’t cut short.

Charlotte Rutter has already raised over £1,000 towards our vital research. If you’d like to help Charlotte reach her £2,500 goal, please visit her giving page here. To learn more about Vicki Thomas’s incredible charity work please click here.