Emma takes on The Great Wall of China

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 faces.

  1. What made you want to take part in The Great Wall of China trek?


"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."

  1. Why did you choose the Alzheimer's Society for your charity to fundraise for?

"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 reason."

  1. Have you completed any fundraising for the charity yet?

"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!"

  1. How have you been training for the walk?

"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 test!"

  1. How have you found the training has been going?

"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."

  1. Are you looking forward to the trip?

"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".

  1. What are you most excited for?

"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!"

  1. What are you most nervous for on the run up to it?

"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 it!"

  1. How long do you think the walk will take?

"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."

  1. Who are you doing the walk with?

"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".

  1. Have you ever done anything like this before?

"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".

  1. What do you think will be the hardest part of the whole experience?

"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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