Epic Challenge - Great Wall of ChinaTrek

29 July 2012

In November, Jack Lydon and friend Mark Richards are undertaking an epic trek by walking part of the Great Wall of China in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

       Hospice staff looking up to the intrepid explorersgreat wall trek

Wendy Lowe (Healthcare Asst), Jack Lydon, Mark Richards, Zoe Riley (Staff Nurse)

For this heavenly ascent, the two intrepid friends are undertaking a 5 day challenge in a very humid climate.  Jack said, "It will include 1,000 giant steps.  I believe that for sections of it, we will be on our hands and knees. My training has started - I have stopped smoking!

Jack added, "I wanted to support the Hospice because when I was a High School Student I did two weeks work experience at the Hospice and it touched me immensely.  What I saw and learned, has stayed with me ever since and I want to make a difference in some way towards supporting this wonderful organisation."

Mark said, "I have undertaken a number of charity events, so I'm going with him to stop him falling off the wall!  I didn't know much about the Hospice, but after my visit and tour, I have realised what an incredible place it is and have much more idea of the scale and nature of the challenging work they do.  When I'm crawling on all fours up the steepest sections, I will think about the journey the Hospice patients are on."

Challenge realisation

Staff Nurse Zoe Riley said, "It sounds like a superb challenge.  It briefly went through my mind to join them with a box of plasters for their grazed knees, but sanity soon kicked-in when I discovered that there are, in total 5164 steps, some of which are near vertical; and the total length of the wall is estimated at over 5,000 miles. We will simply send them off with our best wishes and thanks."

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, Tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of china. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC. Many more additions and fortifications were added over the centuries. The Great Wall has eroded and been rebuilt and extended many times. The latest construction took place in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the length was then a staggering 6,000 kilometres. However, if all the sections are added together the total estimated length is 31,000 miles!

Growing trend

Fundraising manager Danny Hall added - "extreme activities are becoming a very popular way in which people of all ages are helping support the Hospice.  We would like to wish Jack and Mark all the very best as they embark on their epic journey later this year.  Its dedicated support like this that helps ensure we can raise the £4,500 required each and everyday to run the entire Hospice service."  

If you are interested in setting up an extreme event like this one… please contact the fundraising team on 01942 525566.

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