The hospice is offering supporters the opportunity to take part in an overseas fundraising challenge of a lifetime.
The Great Wall of China Challenge will run from 17 to 25 October 2020 and see a team of up to 50 adventure-seekers trek along the legendary man-made Wonder of the World.
Trekkers will have the chance to experience fascinating Chinese culture as they explore the treasures of Beijing with its Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and famous Tiananmen Square.
The trek will also take the team along the Badaling Old section where they will ensure their place in history by helping to reconstruct a section of the Great Wall. For those trekking in memory of a loved one, there will be an opportunity to leave them a special message in the wall.
Amy Cook, 35, from Worthing was one of the first to register for the challenge. She will be walking in memory of her beloved grandmother, Christine Cook, who was cared for by St Barnabas in 2018.
Amy said: “I’ve always admired the work that the hospice has done in our local community and when my Nan died in August 2018, I felt I wanted to do something special in her memory.
“The care Nan received from St Barnabas was outstanding. In 2017, we were told her lung cancer was terminal and she was given a prognosis of 4 to 6 months. Amazingly, Nan actually lived for 14 months and in that time she attended the Day Hospice, had help managing her symptoms and received support from the hospice’s Community Team.
For Amy, the trek is like nothing she has ever done before.
She said: “The furthest I’ve ever walked is 13 miles along the South Downs in another charity walk, but that was ten years ago!
“I’m a bit apprehensive about the training and getting myself ready for the challenge but I can’t wait to see the Great Wall and meet a new group of people, all with the same goal in mind.
“I’ve already started planning fundraising events and have plans for bake sales, pub quizzes and car boot sales. I’m also hoping to arrange a summer fayre for family and friends.”
When asked what her grandmother would think about her registering for the trek, Amy said: “I think she would say I was crazy, but would also admire the challenge I am taking on. I know she would be 100% supportive.”
The funds raised by the 2020 China trekkers will enable the charity to continue to expand its services and reach everyone who needs hospice care.
Interested in joining Amy and the team of St Barnabas trekkers? Find out more or request a brochure by visiting www.stbh.org.uk/china or calling 01903 706354.