Support Cambridgeshire cancer patients by trekking the Great Wall of China for Marie Curie

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Marie Curie Cancer Care is sending out the call for local residents to join them in a life changing trek along the Great Wall of China in May 2014, exploring one of the wonders of the world and experiencing the people and culture of rural China.

Cambridgeshire resident Steve Burge took part in last year’s trek and said: “In 2001 I lost my mother to this horrific disease that has no qualms who it hits with money, age or religion no defence. I had taken part in lots of little fundraising activities but wanted to make a gesture and raise a decent amount of money to ensure that Marie Curie Nurses get the funding they sorely need.

“To have the opportunity to see such an iconic landmark and spectacular example of human achievement as well as raising money for a cause like Marie Curie was a no brainer really. I had read quite a bit about trekking the Great Wall before I decided to sign up and so many comments about how stunning it was. I was not disappointed!

“The support I received from Marie Curie was absolutely fantastic, from the moment my application was processed the Marie Curie support machine fired into action. The Marie Curie team could not have done more, they gave me great advice, support and tips, and they even put me in touch with people who had done the trek before. We collected at Truck Fest in Peterborough last year, meeting so many people with amazing heart warming stories of those who had beaten cancer as well as equally sad tales of lost loved ones, really spurred me on to hit my fundraising target of over £3,000.

“Completing the trek gave quite simply an immense amount of satisfaction; to be able to go off this mortal coil and know that I have done something that has raised a good amount of money to help those suffering with cancer has given me a real boost. I know I have made my mum proud and the bonus of completing a tough but achievable challenge amidst such stunning scenery and history made it a trip of a lifetime. I would recommend this challenge, indeed any level of challenge that helps Marie Curie and tests you as a person. You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to complete this challenge, I’m a case in point! I loved every moment from stepping off the plane in Beijing, and would happily relive the whole experience again!”

If you have been inspired by Steve’s story, why not take on this iconic Wonder of the World and raise vital funds for the Marie Curies nurses so that they can provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes and in our nine hospices. The next trip leaves on 16 May, 2014, returning on 24 May, 2014.

Open to anyone over the age of 18, registration costs £299 and everyone is asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £3,000. The trek aims to raise £120,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which equates to 6,000 hours of nursing care. In Cambridgeshire alone last year Marie Curie cared for 200 patients providing 20,725 hours of care, so this fundraising initiative is of utmost importance to help them continue to care for terminally ill patients.

For further information, please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/fortune or call 01604-442313.