Chinese wall trek for Shelley

Shelley Cooper presents Holbeach and East Elloe Nursing Home mananger Loraine Wigston with a cheque after walking up Ben Nevis, watched by residents and staff. 'Shelly is doing a ten-day trek across the Great Wall of China in aid of the home. Photo:  SG191012-277TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Shelley Cooper presents Holbeach and East Elloe Nursing Home mananger Loraine Wigston with a cheque after walking up Ben Nevis, watched by residents and staff. 'Shelly is doing a ten-day trek across the Great Wall of China in aid of the home. Photo: SG191012-277TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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She has reached the summit of Britain’s highest mountain but now Shelley Cooper is taking on the challenge of the world’s most famous wall.

Shelley (37) from Cowbit is preparing for a ten-day trek across the 2,145-mile Great Wall of China just a year after walking up Ben Nevis to raise funds for Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Nursing Home.

The human resources officer at a horticultural firm in the town is aiming to match or better the £1,260 raised for the home where her grandmother, Dorothy Ayre, has been a resident for about five years.

Shelley said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to visit China and walking the length of its Great Wall has always been a personal ambition of mine.

“I just decided to raise money for the home again and I started training around April or May by walking in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and the Peak District.

“I’m looking forward to the trek very much, even though there will be a lot of steps involved and some of them are quite steep.”

Shelley plans to make the most of her time in China by visiting the Forbidden City, the home of Chinese emperors for almost 500 years, and Tiananmen Square where a student protest was crushed by the Chinese army in 1989.

She said: “I’m focusing on keeping my training up and going out in different weather conditions because I’m not sure what it will be like when I get to China.

“I climbed Mount Snowdon a couple of weeks ago but the hardest part of the trek will be walking for between six and eight hours a day during the ten days.

“It’ll be a very tough challenge but it’s one I’m relishing.”

To sponsor Shelley, visit the nursing home or text 70070, quoting HOLB24 and £5 or £10.