Written by Sue Mee, supporter of St Ann’s Hospice

I’m taking on the Great Wall of China trek in October 2025 to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice. My mum spent the last two weeks of her life at St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green as she had a brain tumour, she died when she was 58 years old. It took me a long time to go back into the hospice, but when I did go back it was to buy some Christmas cards.

I realised what a lovely place the hospice is, not what you’d think a hospice is at all. After I started to visit, I thought it would be nice to volunteer which I’ve now been doing for 15 years. I’m now a volunteer and ambassador for St Ann’s, as well as embarking on fundraising for this amazing place.

I took part in a Kilimanjaro trek in 2023, and I’ve been excited to have something else booked to look forward to. I was looking at taking part in another challenge because once you’ve done one you just get the adventure bug! It’s so exciting talking about it to everyone and buying everything you need for the adventure. I looked at several of the challenges to see what I wanted to take on and St Ann’s Hospice said a few people had signed up for the Great Wall of China so I thought that was a sign that I should do that one!

I’m hoping that a few of my friends will sign up to take on the challenge with me. The Great Wall of China Trek is a majestic nine-day trekking adventure along an iconic Wonder of the World immersed in stunning scenery and Chinese culture. This trek takes place over nine days, starting on 11 th October 2025. The trek is approximately 35km and you’ll climb the incredible Heavenly Ladder, and immerse yourselves in stunning scenery and Chinese culture. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Beijing, where you can visit iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the famous Tiananmen Square!

There are also treks taking part in the Sahara Desert and the Camino de Santiago, have you got what it takes to trek with me? For each trek there are two options, either self-funded fee or by raising a minimum amount of sponsorship. All money raised from these treks are helping to build the new hospice in Heald Green that will provide specialist care and loving support to people like my family in their time of need in Greater Manchester.

For each trek those taking on the challenge will receive lots of fantastic perks including support from the Events Team at St Ann’s, pre-event and post-event meet ups with supportive group chats, a fundraising pack and much more.

For more information and to sign up to take on one of these amazing challenges, please go to www.sah.org.uk/trek.

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