St Raphael’s Hospice take on The Great Wall of China

St Raphael’s Hospice gathered a team of adventurer’s together in September 2016 to take on the Great Wall of China and raise huge amount of sponsorship for a truly fantastic cause! Whilst on their challenge they shared their amazing snapshots and regaled us with tales of their adventures.

Read all about how they conquered the Great Wall…

For 6 tough days last September, 14 brave volunteers raised a total of £54,000 for St Raphael’s Hospice in Cheam by completing the ultimate challenge of trekking the Great Wall of China.

For 2016 the hospice wanted excitement, adventure, challenge and fun with the aim to raise more than they had ever raised before from this kind of event. It was decided, that for the first time ever, they would gather a team to conquer a wonder of the world – The Great Wall of China! The 14 strong team overcame a number of physical and emotional obstacles to complete this charity challenge. They took on long 8hr days of walking over remote mountains and woodland with some soaring heights thrown in for good measure, even the infamous ‘heavens ladder’! A set of thousands of steep, narrow, rocky and slippery stairs that extend into the mountain. A daunting prospect at the bottom but with the team motivating each other, everyone made it to the top.

Emily Nicholls, Community Fundraising Manager at St Raphael’s, who also participated in the trek said, “A mixture of excitement, relief and pride could be seen on everyone’s faces when we finally reached the finish. This has been a life-changing experience for all of us as we have challenged ourselves to overcome huge hurdles in the name of charity. We’ve not only raised a fabulous amount but have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, made new friends and experienced a beautiful country! We set a team target to raise £50,000 to support the hospice’s work and I am so proud of the team as we have smashed this!”

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St Raphael’s Hospice have to fundraise 80% of their £5.6m income every year to continue to offer high-quality end of life care so this contribution will make a massive difference. They care for over 1,000 patients a year through home visits, residential, respite care, a day centre and counselling. The Hospice supports patients and their families within the boroughs of Sutton & Merton and is a safe and reassuring service that is free of charge to the whole community.

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The energy that has been left by this trekking team has been incredible and has inspired many to go on to the next challenge in March 2018 – The Inca Trail in Peru! They have also motivated others to take on the Great Wall in September 2017.

Huge thank you to Emily and everyone from St Raphael’s for this fantastic post – we loved hearing about your China adventure!

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