Great Wall Trek for dignified end

Karen Wood from Silverstone with Marie Curie mascot Daffy, ahead of a fund raising trek of the Great Wall of China
Karen Wood from Silverstone with Marie Curie mascot Daffy, ahead of a fund raising trek of the Great Wall of China

A woman from Silverstone is hoping others might join her on a nine day trek along The Great Wall of China as she raises money to help cancer victims have a peaceful and dignified death.

The trek takes place between May 16 to 24 next year and will see participants trek the 15th Century Ming Dynasty hard rock wall, before descending on local trails to discover the rural culture of people in Hebei Province, all supported by local guides.

Karen Wood, an occupational therapist at St Andrews Hospital in Northampton will be helping the charity reach its fundraising target of £120,000 .

Mrs Wood said like so many people she has lost family and friends to cancer and wanted to remember them by challenging herself in a fundraising event.

She added: “Although some of the people I love have won their battle with cancer, many have not.

“Marie Curie Cancer Care allows terminally ill people the chance to maintain their dignity, supports both them and their loved ones, whilst making the transition into death as peaceful and rewarding as humanly possible.”

Participants must pay £299 towards the cost of the trek, and are being asked to raise a minimum of £3,000.

Last year, Marie Curie Cancer Care Nurses provided over 4,800 hours of free care to terminally ill patients in Northamptonshire.

For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/fortune, or support Mrs Wood at original.justgiving.com/Karenonthewall.