I shall be trekking along a part of the Great Wall of China in September 2017 with colleagues and friends from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust. I want to celebrate having worked in the NHS for 40 years, most of which have been in Southampton and am taking the opportunity to raise money for the hospital charity. The money I raise will go towards PLANETS, a charity based at the hospital dedicated to defeating pancreatic, liver and neuroendocrine tumours. The money will go towards genetic and cellular research, early detection of cancers and better treatments to improve outcomes for patients. I am also very grateful to the team at Southampton as a family member had a successful liver resection to remove secondary cancerous tumours a couple of years ago.
The trek will be a huge challenge for me and I will need to improve my fitness and stamina during the next few months in order to achieve this physically demanding trek! It will be a varied trek following old sections of the Great Wall as well as restored sections, lots of steps including the famous Heavens Ladder. It passes through woodland, terraced farmland, following the contours of the hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing.
I hope you will support me in this venture as the support I receive will encourage, motivate and inspire me and all the money I raise will be going towards the incredible work being done to improve outcomes for patients.
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