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Trekking the Great Wall of China - mission accomplished

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Nurse Jenny Greenfield reaches her goal after a long and winding trek

We made it! After nine long days and many hours of trekking, my fellow travellers and I successfully completed our Great Wall of China challenge and I’m pleased to say I have now raised £3,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign.

The challenge was truly amazing. We started off in Jinshangling before starting our long and winding trek along China’s most famous landmark. We must have climbed thousands of steps as the wall twisted and turned through the mountain ranges. It was hard work at times, but the views were so spectacular you just had to look around you to find all the motivation you needed to keep going.

Each day of the challenge included a 12km trek and culminated after a long ascent up the Heavenly Staircase with over 845 steps of steady climbing, so it was good job I did so much training to prepare myself. I can’t begin to describe the enormous sense of achievement we all felt at the end. We couldn’t believe we’d done it!

The wall was far better than I could ever have envisaged and I think the best part was simply looking back and wondering how on earth I had managed to walk it! Some parts were challenging but overall the challenge was just an incredible experience.

We all had a fantastic time and I made some really great friends. It’s important to remember, however, that this was all in aid of helping Breast Cancer Campaign beat breast cancer and I’m pleased to have raised so much money.

Breast Cancer Campaign raised more than £180,000 last year from people taking part in its overseas challenge events. This has greatly helped the charity continue funding breast cancer research projects across the UK and Ireland to help the 46,000 people that are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, so if my efforts will have helped just one person then it will have been worth it.

I’m still trying to increase my fundraising total and I’ll also be holding a raffle at a national practice conference I’m chairing in June to raise extra funds. You can also help me raise some extra funds to help Breast Cancer Campaign continue funding research by making a donation on my JustGiving page.

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