Fundraising trek on Wall

The Great Wall of China.
The Great Wall of China.

Intrepid adventurers are being sought to help raise money for a charity while taking in one of the seven wonders of the world.

St Oswald’s Hospice is looking to take 35 people to the Great Wall of China.

They will trek remote sections of the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Simatai between October 26, and November 6, this year.

The trek aims to raise £100,000 to help St Oswald’s continue to provide specialist care for adults, young people and children in the north east.

Any adventurers wishing to take part will be asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £3,000 and pay a registration fee of £300 which will cover all flights, transfers, food, accommodation and safety equipment.

For information and to book your place, contact Lucy Smith on (0191) 246 9123 or email

Trekkers will be camping along the route, allowing them to experience and gain an understanding of the real China as they learn more about the way of life of the local people and taste some authentic local dishes.

The final day of the trip is a full day in Beijing, with visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square culminating in a farewell dinner.

Lucy Smith, fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “When we have asked our supporters in the past about where they would love to trek to, and China has always been very high on most people’s ‘Life List’.

“We decided to add it to our St Oswald’s Life List – a selection of fundraising events which people can sign up to, to raise money for charity and fulfill their own ambitions.

“The Great Wall is such an iconic and recognisable place, it’s so exciting to imagine us standing on the wall itself.

“We hope to sign up 35 trekkers to help us reach our goal of £100,000, and can guarantee this unique challenge really will be a trip of a lifetime.” She added: “To help raise the sponsorship needed, we will support our trekkers every step of the way.

“We can offer fundraising advice and supply materials needed to help our team reach their goal. It will be a real team effort.”

An informal information event on the trek will be held at the Hospice, in Regent Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, on Monday, October 19, at 7pm.