Great Wall challenge

CHARITY CHALLENGE: From left, Katrina Molloy and KerryAnne Quilliam at the bottom of the Stairway to Heaven during their trek

CHARITY CHALLENGE: From left, Katrina Molloy and KerryAnne Quilliam at the bottom of the Stairway to Heaven during their trek

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A RAMSEY woman and her friend have completed a trek of the Great Wall of China in aid of the charity Crossroads Caring For Carers.

KerryAnne Quilliam, 25, from Ramsey is a care support worker for the charity. She took part in the long walk with her friend Katrina Molloy.

KerryAnne was originally due to do the trek with her colleague and friend Emma Clague but because of illness Emma was unable to take part and Katrina stepped in to take part in the 29-mile journey.

The charity was chosen because it is close to the girls’ heart hearts.

Last year the girls held a lot of fund-raising events to raise money for the charity, which included taking part in the Parish Walk and 24 hour ‘hairathon’.

During the trek the walkers climbed thousands of steps in a journey that took them across one of the great wonders of the world.

The overall total was raised for the Great Wall of China Trek in aid of Crossroads Care was £8,000.

KerryAnne, said: ‘The experience was fantastic, we had an amazing time. There were eight of us in our team who completed the trek. We got on really well, encouraging each other along the way and at the end we crossed the finishing line together. It was definitely a tough challenge as the steps were not like an ordinary staircase, they were all uneven, some were huge and others tiny. In some parts there weren’t even steps at all, just a pile of rubble!’

Despite the fact that towards the end of the trip KerryAnne thought her calf muscles were too sore to carry on, she stated she never wanted to give up because she was enjoying herself too much.

Katrina, 24, who lives in Chester, said: ‘I personally enjoyed trekking down the ruins, it was like an obstacle course and you had to think of where to place each foot.

‘The views throughout the trek made all the pain worth it, although looking back through the photographs doesn’t give it any justice to how breathtaking the views really were.

‘I am very proud of mine and KerryAnne’s achievement and neither of us moaned too much about our achy limbs but either way it was all worth it for the amount that we have raised and all for such a worthy cause.’

During the trek KerryAnne and Katrina had two Chinese guides with them who told them all about their country’s culture and history, which they both found fascinating. The guides also tried to teach them some of the language.

‘The best thing about the walk was the sense of achievement at the end!’ said KerryAnne. ‘The views were amazing. The people in the group also made it as everyone was so different and were doing it for different reasons/charities.’

After completing the trek the girls stayed in China for a further six days, where they got to see the sights of Beijing, Xian and Chengdu.

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