Buckshaw teacher and friends take on Great Wall of China in relentless charity challenge

A Buckshaw teacher is stepping up to a huge charity challenge as she takes on part of the Great Wall of China.

Tuesday, 16th April 2019, 11:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 10:44 am
Best friends Rachel Watson, Victoria Thompson and Carrie Hughes are taking on part of the Great Wall of China to raise money for Cancer Research. (s)

Victoria Thompson (40) will complete climbs of more than 10,000 relentless steps over eight days in October half-term with her best friend Rachel and sister-in-law Carrie. The trio will trek along the Yan mountains, either side of the Gubeikou Gateway, for a total of 29 hours.

And they hope to raise more than £13,000 for Cancer Research, a charity that is close to their hearts.

Victoria said: "Rachel's mum was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2017 and my auntie was also diagnosed with throat cancer this year and lost her voice box.

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"After completing a Race for Life and a Tough 10k for Cancer Research, the opportunity to undertake the Great Wall Trek came up and it will be a life-changing experience for us and hopefully the money raised will also be life-changing for those affected by cancer."

To prepare for the gruelling challenge, the trio will undertake Couch to 5K, Rough Runner, the Hero Assault Course, strength training, TrekFest across the Brecon Beacons and various other 5k and 10k events over the next few months. They are also holding a race night in June.

Victoria's 10-year-old daughter will also take part in the Hero Assault Course with her friends to help raise money for the trip.

"She's really sporty and athletic and I think it's brilliant that she's supporting us," said Victoria.

"We are currently training for this together. I will be away over her birthday but she insisted I go as she feels as strongly about this cause as we do."