Debbie gears up for charity China challenge

Adventurous Debbie Sewell is planning to walk more than 10,000 steps along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Treetops Hospice Care.

Sunday, 29th May 2016, 9:30 am

Debbie signed up for the thrilling challenge after a member of her family received support from Treetops’ Hospice at Home nurses earlier this year.

The Hospice at Home service provides qualified nurses and health care assistants trained and experienced in caring for people who have palliative care needs and can offer carers respite during the day or at night.

Debbie is not daunted by the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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She said: “I’m following a training programme and I’m literally walking everywhere at the moment.

“On the first day there, the plan is to walk about five miles along the wall but it will take us over six hours as it’s so steep and some of the wall is crumbling away.

“The bonus will be the scenery which I’ve been told is stunning.

“We will be walking up and down thousands of stairs, so my walking poles will really help. They were my bargain buy for £2 from the Treetops charity shop in Heanor.”

Debbie’s mum, Rose, volunteers at the Treetops Hospice Care day care unit based in Risley and is excited 
for her daughter’s adventure:

She added: “When Debbie said she wanted to do the walk, me and her dad were over the moon. It’s a long way from home but we are so proud.

“I absolutely love volunteering at Treetops – it’s really satisfying and lovely to meet new people and help them.”

The 50km hike will take place over a week in October next year and Debbie is also taking on other unusual challenges, including a fire walk, in a bid to reach her sponsorship target of £3,000 for Treetops by then.

Those interested in sponsoring Debbie can do so via her JustGiving page:

Treetops Hospice Care provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. All services are provided free of charge, and are not means-tested.

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