Success for Great Wall of China Challenge

A group of 21 fundraisers returned last week from walking the Great Wall of China in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Over ten days they climbed an average of 15,000 steps as they walked around 150,000 paces along the Great Wall on their iconic trekking challenge, raising more than £30,000 in the process.

The group faced tough ascents to great heights as they walked between Beijing and Inner Mongolia but were rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Chinese countryside.

Becky Wise, fundraising officer for Cornwall Air Ambulance undertook the challenge. She said: “There was a real contrast in the type of walking that we did. The unrestored sections were extremely high and a definite challenge. The difficult terrain mean that teamwork was vital and the group bonded well as they had the same shared goal. Thank you to all who sponsored the trekkers so generously, as well as the trekkers themselves. The money raised helps us to save lives in Cornwall by keeping the air ambulance flying.”

The group walked for up to eight hours a day and some of the steps were knee high. While some sections have been restored there are broad stretches which have not been. Frequently the terrain was rough and many wall sections were extremely steep.

Next year’s challenge fundraising events in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance have already been organized. They include a trek through the Sahara desert and a cycle challenge through Cambodia and Vietnam. More information can be found at cornwallairambulance.org/events