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Emma China Trek

Emma prepares to tackle the Great Wall for charity

A 24-year-old income services assistant from Uttoxeter is limbering up for a 60-mile-long trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for charity.

Emma Beardmore, who works for Stafford and Rural Homes, has chosen to support The Alzheimer’s Society after her Great Aunt died from the illness last year.

“I have never done anything like this before so rather than going on my traditional sunny holiday break I thought I’d like to do something completely different which is also for a good cause,” said Emma.

“Alzheimer’s is a condition which not only affected my Great Aunt but also others close to me and people I care about which is why I’ve chosen to support the Alzheimer’s Society on this trek.  The charity does fantastic work to support people with the illness and their families.”

The journey will include a trek to a mountain village along a stretch of the wall called ‘The Heavens Ladder’ in Huangyaguan as well as trekking in the rich fertile valleys of Jinshanlin and a hilly circuit of restored wall at Juyongguan before returning to Beijing.

To prepare for the trek Emma has been racking up the miles on the step machine, running uphill and doing spinning classes in the gym.

Emma will be one of 26 people taking part in the trek, flying out on Thursday, October 10 and returning on Sunday, October 20.

“We wish Emma the best of luck on what sounds like the trip of lifetime and I hope she manages to raise lots of money for a great charity,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes.

You can show your support for Emma by sponsoring her on her trek at: www.justgiving.com/EmmaBeardmore1989

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