Tracy Wells, from Horsham, was part of a team which raised more than £80,000 for Help for Heroes by trekking the Great Wall of China.
The six day trek covered both rebuilt sections of the wall and the more challenging unrestored sections.
The group of 38 walkers included two members of Band of Brothers - injured ex-service personnel - and eight Band of Sisters - partners or relatives of the former.
Tracy said she is from a military family - both of her parents and five of her grandparents and uncles served in the Royal Navy.
She said: “During our stay we stayed locally to the section of the wall that we were trekking where we sampled local meals and the hard beds. We were engaged in stories from the Band of Brothers and Sisters as we got to know the group and walking the wall.”
The trip included 150,000 steps in 700 flights, 80km of walking, and an engagement - one of the Band of Sisters had a surprise visit from her boyfriend on the second to last day, after he flew out to China to propose.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be among the first to know what’s going on.
1 Make our website your homepage at www.wscountytimes.co.uk
2 Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wscountytimes
3 Follow us on Twitter @wscountytimes
4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!
The County Times – always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.