In October this year one of our courageous members of
staff from the central HR department is walking The Great Wall of
China for a charity that is close to her heart. We spoke with Emma
to find out the nitty gritty about the challenge she
"I took part in a 10k run for charity in September last
year which I never thought I would be able to complete. It was such
an achievement and the feeling once you cross that finish line is
incredible. Since then I have always kept an eye out for other
things I can take part in to raise money for charity and which will
be a challenge for myself. I thought this walk would be something I
would be proud of doing, for myself and to raise money for my
chosen charity, the Alzheimer's Society."
"My Grandad is battling with dementia so it is really
close to my heart. Raising money for it to help people suffering is
a big motivation of mine, knowing the money will help the charity
out feels so rewarding. It is also QHotels Head Office's 'Charity
of the Year' which was another reason I decided to do choose this
charity. I was looking for fundraising ideas and it seemed obvious
to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society due to these
"Yes, I have done a few bake sales, raffles, car boots -
and this is just the start! I am currently planning a big charity
event which will be taking place at Tankersley Manor, where I am
hoping to raise the majority of the money. The proceeds of the
ticket sales will go to the charity too. We will be having pig
racing (not with real pigs of course!) an auction, DJ and disco -
so it will be a very jam packed, fun evening!"
"I have been training since I did the 10k run last year. I
continued going to the gym and got myself a Personal Trainer to
help with the process and really push me to my limits! I have also
been doing a lot of long walks around local National Trust places -
it helps that I can take my dog to keep me company during these! I
am also taking part in another 10k run in July which will encourage
me to continue training as much as I can. Then in August I will be
doing a 72 mile walk over one weekend to really put me to the
"It is going ok - I feel physically fitter and I have lost
a bit of weight too which is always a bonus! I think the continual
training and healthy eating has helped a lot."
"Yes it should be really good, I can't wait - I have
always wanted to go to China. I am really into history so I'm
looking forward to seeing the sights and experiencing the Chinese
culture first hand".
"I can't wait to meet the families living out there in the
villages. I will be staying with a family for the night which will
be really interesting. I'm also looking forward to meeting new
people who are taking on the challenge with me - and the scenery
will definitely be worth the tough walk!"
"It has to be the fundraising amount! It is £3250 in total
so it is a lot of money to raise, but I'm determined to do
"We are walking for six days and are doing over 70 miles
in total. We will be walking from village to village so will be
staying in hostels and with the local families."
"There's over 40 of us. We have been communicating on
social media which is good as it allows us to see each others
progress and fundraising tips and ideas".
"I did a Spanish exchange a few years ago where I lived
with a Spanish family for week. It was really fun but being able to
speak very little Spanish was a little daunting! Luckily the family
I stayed with spoke a little English. It was such an amazing
experience to be engrained in so much culture".
"After completing a 10k already, I remember
how physically painful and tiring it was. I could barely walk so I
can imagine the pain I will be in - and the amount of blisters I
will have! But it will all be worth it once I get to the end and
complete the walk. I'm ready for the challenge ahead!"
We all wish Emma the best of luck with her training and
fundraising on the run up to the walk. We will catch up with her
again nearer the time.
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