Take part in a trek of a lifetime for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

By Anita Jaynes on 3 January, 2017

If you are looking for a new challenge in 2017 then Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s trek of the Great Wall of China could be for you.

As well as taking on one of the most iconic landmarks on Earth, participants will be raising vital funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA).

The charity has run overseas treks in the past, including a Sahara Trek in 2015, but this is the first time it has organised a trek to part of the Great Wall of China.

Rebecca de la Bedoyere, Senior Fundraising Manager at WAA, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which is by far the most exotic overseas challenge we’ve been involved with. The Great Wall is on many people’s bucket lists and what better way to experience it than on a guided tour with a small group of like-minded people, whilst raising funds to help us save lives across Wiltshire?

“During the ten day adventure, participants will be able to enjoy some of the highlights this iconic structure has to offer, with breath-taking views of mountains, villages and farms, as well as having opportunities to explore Beijing and The Forbidden City. We’ll be heading off the beaten trail and away from the tourist hotspots to experience a real taste of China.”

The 60km trek takes place from 21 to 30 September 2017. Led by an experienced guide the trek is for people with a good level of fitness.

An information evening will be held by WAA on Thursday January 19 2017 at 6.30pm at its Operations Centre, Devizes.

Nicola Earle, of Malmesbury, who took part in WAA’s Sahara Trek, offered encouragement.

She said: “Signing up to do a Wiltshire Air Ambulance trek is a great way to have an adventure in a part of the world you might not ordinarily have a chance of visiting and raise money for a really worthwhile cause. Nobody knows when they might require the services of Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The organisational aspects of the trek are taken care of which means all you have to do is get fit, raise money and then walk.”

Steph Orchard, of Swindon, who also took part in the Sahara Trek, said: “The fundraising side of the trek was difficult at first, but as soon as I had got the message out that it was Wiltshire Air Ambulance that I was fundraising for people really dug deep as the public know what a truly amazing charity they are!”

For more information about the trek visit the website at http://www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/events/trek-the-great-wall-of-china or call WAA’s fundraising team on 01380 739453. If you would like to attend the information evening please email kenresa@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk