Trek the Great Wall of China in aid of hospice

Trek in 2010 for St Barnabas House hospice SUS-140508-152629001
Trek in 2010 for St Barnabas House hospice SUS-140508-152629001

Fundraisers across Sussex are being called by the county’s only children’s hospice to take part in the charity challenge of a lifetime – trekking the Great Wall of China.

Chestnut Tree House, based in Poling, near Arundel, which supports children across the Horsham district is hosting its first overseas campaign in October next year.

Chestnut’s China Challenge will take an exclusive team across the other side of the world for a once-in-a-lifetime experience walking the Great Wall.

The nine-day trail, which is now open for registration, will see trekkers taking in the mysteries of the legendary ancient wonder as well as exploring the treasures of Beijing with its Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the famous Tiananmen Square.

What’s more, the trek will take fundraisers along the Badaling Old Wall section where participants can cement their place in history by helping to reconstruct a section of the Great Wall.

Kerry O’Neill, event organiser for Chestnut Tree House, said: “We are delighted to announce our first overseas challenge for Chestnut Tree House and what better place to choose than a modern wonder of the world which can be seen from the moon, so it’s an important and exciting landmark for us.

“Our team of Chestnut China Challengers will not only trek the Great Wall of China but between them will raise enough money to cover all the hospice’s care costs for the entire duration of the trip.”

The trek is about 35k and includes return flights to Beijing, transfers, accommodation and meals, as well as the chance to explore Beijing, various isolated sections of the Great Wall and scale the awe-inspiring 1,000 steps from the foot of the wall to the top of a mountain.

Although challenging, the trek has been designed for people of all levels of fitness to accomplish.

Regular fitness and training sessions as well as constant support from one of Chestnut Tree House’s dedicated team members will be provided.

Kerry added: “Every day at Chestnut Tree House is unique and every day something wonderful and special happens. The days you are in China walking the Great Wall could also be the most precious days for a child and their family.”

Places are limited. Participants need to raise a minimum of £2,800 to join – but there will be constant support to achieve this goal from the hospice’s community fundraising team.

The trek is from October 10 to 18, 2015.

For more details on Chestnut’s China Challenge call 01903 706354, email or