An intrepid Leamington solicitor has signed up to walk along the Great Wall of China to raise money for The Myton Hospices.
Donna Bothamley, a veteran of the Two Castles 10k runs, which are sponsored by her firm Blythe Liggins, and a keen fundraiser for the charity, will take up the challenge in May next year.
“Few people are given the opportunity to walk along the lesser-seen parts of the wall so I didn’t hesitate when I heard about it,” said Donna, head of wills and probate at Blythe Liggins, which has The Myton Hospices as its charity for the year.
Only a few sections of the Great Wall are still open to the public, but the 36 km trek over five days will give Donna and other volunteers access to parts of the historic wall that not many people are lucky enough to see.
Rebecca Richards, Myton’s assistant events manager, said the trek would take them over watchtowers and mountains and through historic battlements that are well off the tourist trail. “There are sections where they will feel that the Great Wall is only for them, with no-one else in sight! They will also take part in lending a hand to repair a section of the wall which is currently being reconstructed. They will be able to lay a brick ‘in memory’ ensuring that they will have a place on one of the ‘modern’ Seven Wonders of the World forever.”
After the trek, participants will visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
The charity is hoping to raise £42,000, enough to keep the Inpatient Unit running for seven days, and Blythe Liggins is paying all Donna’s expenses so that every penny of her sponsorship goes to the hospice.
To support Donna, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Donna-Bothamley1
CAPTION: Donna Bothamley (right) with Rebecca Richards.