September 23rd, 2016

Great effort to raise £4k total

A KIND-hearted fund raiser from Headless Cross has raised almost £4,000 after completing a gruelling 27 hour trek along China’s Great Wall.

Leanne Hawkes flew 6,222 miles to China, her first trip out of Europe, before spending five days trekking the world’s biggest ancient architectural structure which is 2,300-years-old.

She said: “It was hard going. The longest day was nine hours of trekking and at some points the wall was derelict with sheer drops on each side – it was a test for everyone.”

The group of 14, who also climbed the terrifying Heavenly Ladder, a staircase of 1,000 almost vertical steps, completed the fund raising challenge last month in aid of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, in Coventry.

The hospice provides 24-hour palliative, respite and end-of-life care to infants up the age of five who are battling life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Leanne added that she signed up for the challenge in November last year after visiting the hospice and left wanting to do more to help.

As the only baby specific hospice in the UK, Zoë’s Place receives little government funding and relies on public support such as Leanne’s to help.

The group had to raise a minimum of £3,400 in sponsorship prior to the trip and Leanne is now storming ahead with a running total of £3,865.95 from her Just Giving page and various sponsor forms.

“I’ve made some great friends,” she added. “It was a real bonding experience for us all – particularly being able to place our own bricks and messages in the wall where it is being refurbished.”

The 25-year-old is now looking into the Zoë’s Place challenge for 2017 which would see her tackle the historic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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