Thirty-two adventurers have recently returned from a challenging nine-day expedition, walking part of the iconic Great Wall of China, to raise funds for Cancer Research Wales.
They scaled the legendary world wonder, trekking from Beijing to Mutianya through Huangyaguan and Jinshanling, against beautiful landscapes, ending at the Jiayuguan Pass in the desert of Western China.
The group covered some of the walls twenty-seven crumbling watchtowers, walking over ancient brick steps and winding through remote villages and farms surrounded by the natural beauty of the Chinese countryside.
The team also crossed past battlements along the wall as well as the notorious ‘Heavenly Ladder’ – a near vertical staircase that climbs steeply to the top of a mountain.
Trekker and Treatment Radiographer at Velindre Cancer Centre, Evie Thomas said: “I was inspired to take part in this challenge by my patients. It’s a cause close to so many hearts; I have had many relatives and friends suffer from this cruel disease, with both happy and sad outcomes, and I wanted to do my bit for them!
“It was tougher than I ever thought it would be, but the achievement I felt at the end makes it all worthwhile. The highlights were the constant breath-taking views and sharing the experience with amazing people from all walks of life that I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet anywhere else. Being able to put our memories into rebuilding the wall together was a really emotive opportunity, and I will never forget it.”
Councillor for Llandaff North, Dilwar Ali said: “Walking along the Great Wall of China was a fantastic experience that I’ll never forget. I even got the chance to lay a brick at the reconstruction site of the Badaling section of the wall!”
Cancer Research Wales fundraiser, Rachel Marsh said: ““We would like to congratulate and thank our supporters for conquering this incredible challenge. The team has so far raised more than £111,000 and sponsorship money is still coming in!
“All the money raised will go directly to the world-class research projects that are being run in Wales. Scientists here are among the very best in the world; every day they’re making progress into early diagnosis of cancer, treatment and cures.
“We invite supporters to Join Cancer Research Wales on another trek of a life time in September 2018. Adventurers will embark upon a ten-day challenge, trekking one of the most popular trails in the world – the amazing Inca Trail of Machu Picchu! Sign up today to visit the Lost City of the Incas and help raise vital funds for research.”