A huge THANK YOU to Jill, who has raised an incredible £2430 from her Great Wall of China Trek!
Two weeks ago our Volunteer Project Manager Jill, travelled to Beijing with Charity Challenge to embark on the 100km trek along the Great Wall, to raise money for Step Together and the Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelters, where she also volunteers.
Jill shared her experience: "I spent an amazing week in China, trekking with 24 strangers who are now friends. Our two fabulous local guides, Michael and Miko took us to different sections of the wall – varying from overgrown areas where we had to scramble over walls, broken steps and through trees and bushes, to renovated sections with staircases of over 1000 steps up and down, to each tower. It was tough going but so rewarding when you got to the top and saw the fabulous views over China and Mongolia – it felt like you were on top of the world! The group supported and helped each other through the really difficult sections, of which there were many! The Great Wall really is incredible. I’m now planning my next adventure!”
The money raised will be used on our programmes across England and Scotland helping those most in need of support to transform their lives through community volunteering. Jill works on our Reducing Re-offending project in Manchester, supporting people with convictions to build a more positive future.
‘Step Together has such a big impact on people’s lives. Seeing the positive changes in my clients is the best part of the job! Volunteering gives them a sense of purpose, builds confidence and makes them feel part of something – it makes me feel proud when I see how far they have come. This, along with all the encouragement I have received from friends and family and everyone who has donated, really kept me going on the trek.’
Thank you to everyone who has shown support and congratulations to Jill on this amazing achievement.
Feeling inspired? Charity Challenge has a vast range of challenges for you to join and raise money for Step Together! If you have any fundraising ideas, we would love to hear from you!