Two B&FC lecturers undertake Great Wall of China Trek to raise money for Brian House Children’s Hospice

Published on 18/12/2018 by pfi

Two Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) lecturers have returned from a gruelling challenge to tackle one of earth’s biggest man-made structures.

Philip and Rosina Lawrinson-Chettoe travelled to China as part of a 26-strong group taking on an arduous five-day trek along the Great Wall, a feat which involved up to eight hours a day walking, climbing and scrambling up and down the more remote and steeper sections of the wall, away from the main tourist routes.

The challenge took the group over watch towers and mountains, through historic battlements and even to the top of the legendary ‘Heavenly Ladder’ at Mutianyu, all to raise vital funds for Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Philip said:

“We trained hard for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and were glad we did so, as some of the ascents and descents were very challenging on the knees and thighs. Fortunately, the weather was good during our trek and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking.”

B&FC is a strong supporter of the work of Brian House, which provides care and support for children with terminal and life-limiting conditions. It receives no funding from the government and is only able to provide the invaluable service through fundraising. It costs £3,500 per day for the charity to be able to provide its exceptional care for children.

Rosina added:

“We have wanted to visit the Great Wall of China for some time and feel extremely privileged to have now completed the trek and fundraise for Brian House at the same time.”

A spokesman for Brian House Children’s Hospice said the challenge had raised an “outstanding” sum for the charity – and the money was still coming in. She added:

“Taking part in this challenge undoubtedly required commitment, determination and above all a positive attitude from the outset.

“The terrain was varied from smooth flat sections to rugged, rocky and incredibly steep old sections of the wall. The team quickly grew together and helped each other along difficult sections.

“The income raised has already exceeded £54,000 which is already outstanding and it still continues to come in.”

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Philip and Rosina Lawrinson-Chettoe ahead of their challenge
Philip and Rosina Lawrinson-Chettoe ahead of their challenge