Ever dreamt of walking along the Great Wall of China? Find out how you can while raising vital funds for Marie Curie at the same time.
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It takes a lot of money to operate a charity like Marie Curie. And they rely on donations to keep their vital services running.
You may well have taken part in a sponsored coffee morning or 5k run to help support a charity. But have you thought of taking things a little further?
Marie Curie organise a number of fundraising challenges throughout the year. And next September you could be walking the Great Wall of China if you sign up to the Marie Curie Great Wall of China Trek.
I won’t lie to you – this isn’t going to be an easy stroll. But you could see one of the wonders of the world and get a real sense of achievement, while helping Marie Curie raise some much-needed funds.
Read on to find out how you can get involved with this fantastic event. Or why not take part in one of the other Marie Curie challenges a little closer to home?
The Marie Curie Great Wall of China Trek 2020
Marie Curie’s Great Wall of China Trek takes place on 19-27th September 2020, with an itinerary that includes five days of trekking.
You’ll spend the first day exploring Beijing and getting to know your fellow trekkers. After that, you’ll be driven to Gubeikou at the border of the Hebei Province to start your trek.
Over the next five days, you’ll trek along the wall, and follow local trails to experience the life of people in the Hebei Province.
The trek has been designed by people with real local knowledge. This ensures you have an authentic experience as well as bringing revenue to rural areas of China.
Your trek will take you through remote areas of China with breathtaking views out over the landscape. You’ll pass through the watchtowers, and climb the Wall’s many sets of stairs, taking in views that the million people who built the wall would have seen. And at night, you’ll enjoy freshly prepared local dishes in your camp under the night sky.
Finally, you’ll climb through rich forest land to the summit of the Beijing Watchtower, with awe-inspiring views back across to Hebei.
After you’ve completed your trek, you’ll head back to Beijing to spend a full day exploring this bustling city. You’ll be able to visitTiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the silk markets, before heading home.
It’s a chance to raise money for a great cause, on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Take a look at what you can expect in this video from the 2018 trek:
Who can take part in this trek
The Marie Curie Great Wall of China Trek is open to anyone aged 18 and over. You’ll need to have a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.
This is a challenging trek, and has been designed to suit people who are fit, so you should train for this event. You’ll be walking for 5-7 hours per day over uneven terrain, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your experience.
How much do I need to raise?
This sponsored trek has a registration fee of £299 which you pay when you book your place on the trip.
You will also need to commit to a minimum fundraising target of £3400. This may sound a lot, but Marie Curie will help to make sure you hit your goal.
You’ll need to send in £2720 of the funds by 4th July 2020. Then the remainder will be due 4 weeks after you have completed your trek.
If these figures sound a bit too daunting, then don’t worry. Marie Curie organise a range of sponsored events throughout the year, and many of them have much lower fundraising targets. Visit their webite to find out more details of their charity events.
Where does the money go?
Your fundraising will help to support Marie Curie in their vital work with those living with a terminal diagnosis.
They operate nine hospices across the UK, and offer services ranging from hospice in-patient and day patient care, to community nursing care and grief counselling services.
The hospices offer support for people living with their terminal illness, helping them to make the most of the time they have. And there are also nurses, healthcare assistants and helper volunteers who help care for patients in their own home.
But all of this costs a lot to run, and that’s where you come in. The funds you raise help to provide vital services like these:
£180 will pay for someone living with a terminal illness to attend the day therapy unit at a hospice.
£400 will pay for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours. This allows them to receive the hands-on care they need in their final days. Meanwhile their family receive the support they need at this time.
£1,250 will pay for a portable oxygen system. This helps to relieve distressing symptoms, so a person doesn’t have to be confined to bed.
What is included in the Trek?
When you take part in the Marie Curie Great Wall of China trek, you will be provided with the following
- Return flights to Beijing and local transfers
- Accommodation in Beijing and in camps along the trek
- Tour leader
- All meals
- Marie Curie kit
- Marie Curie representative on the event
Breakfast on your trek will consist of cereals, bread, rice and eggs, and a typical lunch will include sandwiches, rolls, biscuits, and dried or fresh fruit.
In the evening you will enjoy a hot meal of rice or noodles with vegetables and meat, and you can take along your favourite snacks to help keep you going. All of the water provided on the trek will be boiled and safe to drink.
You will need to organise the following as they are not included in your fee:
- Travel insurance
- Recommended vaccinations
- Tips and gratuities
- Chinese visa. Visit visaforchina.org for more information
- Personal spending money.
Your next step
If you’re ready to get started, head on over to the Marie Curie Website to register for the Great Wall of China Trek.
If you want more information first, you can email Marie Curie, or speak to them on 0800 716 146.
And if you’re keen to get involved but this trek isn’t for you, there are plenty of other options. Marie Curie also run several other overseas challenges, from Angkor Wat to the pristine Swedish Arctic. Or if you want something closer to home, you could look into one of their UK based hikes and treks.
You could get involved in a whole range of other ways as well, from lotteries and raffles to bake sales and gala dinners.