A pair of friends are embarking on the challenge of trekking the length of the Great Wall of China in order to raise funds for a hospice in Worcester.
Christine House, 61, and 51-year-old Anne Sparey both live in Clifton upon Teme in Worcestershire and are used to walking their dogs in the local area, but the walk in China will prove a much tougher test.
The pair are raising money for St Richard's Hospice, which cared for Christine's late husband David, and Christine says they are both training hard and will be ready for the challenge.
"I wanted to raise funds for St Richard's as the hospice looked after my husband with such care and dedication," said the office manager for Midland Power Machinery Distributors.
"Anne is training in the gym and I am walking around the hills of Clifton to make my knee stronger. We are both really looking forward to the challenge of the walk and discovering more about the culture of China."
The walk had to be delayed last year after Christine needed a knee operation and Anne, who is a hairdresser, injured herself skiing, but they are both now ready to trek the Great Wall of China.
St Richard's, which offers care to patients with life-threatening illnesses, supports more than 2,300 patients and family members every year.
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