Trek the Great Wall of China – and raise money for hospice care

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

City residents will have the chance to take part in the trip of a lifetime in almost exactly a year’s time – thanks to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The charity is searching for people to take part in a life changing trek along the Great Wall of China in May 2014, exploring one of the wonders of the world and experiencing the people and culture of rural China.

The nine day challenge will take place between May 16 and 24 next year.

Marie Curie Cancer Care events fundraiser, Ed Turnham, said: “This is the perfect trip to transform your life view and gain confidence by overcoming physical and mental obstacles in this great challenge.”

Participants will traverse the 15th Century Ming Dynasty rock wall, before descending on local trails to experience the rural life of people in Hebei Province.

Supported by local guides, they will discover true Chinese culture and camp in the wilds, eating freshly cooked food beneath the stars.

On the last day participants will have the opportunity to discover the sights and sounds of Beijing.

“The trek aims to raise £120,000, which equates to 6,000 hours of care for Marie Curie Cancer Care, whose nurses provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes and in the charity’s nine hospices,” added Mr Turnham.

“In Buckinghamshire alone last year Marie Curie cared for 175 patients providing over 7,515 hours of care, so this fundraising initiative is of utmost importance to help us continue to care for terminally ill patients.”

Open to anyone over the age of 18, registration costs £299 and everyone is asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £3,000.

For further information, people should visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/fortune or call 01604 442313.