In October this year, sisters Dianne Jones (49) and Margaret Hickey (46) will be undertaking an epic trek by walking part of the Great Wall of China in aid of Willowbrook Hospice 20th anniversary celebrations. Dianne said, "We wanted to support the Hospice because we've both had friends who've been cared for at Willowbrook. Both of us have also been affected by breast cancer. Thankfully, we've come through it, but other people sadly don't. I saw the advertisement for the China trek whilst I was having my treatment and immediately wanted to do it. As soon as I mentioned it to Marg she wanted to do it as well, so we signed up. I think all too often we see opportunities which sound great fun, but don't do anything about it. After our little health blips we both treat life very differently and wanted to give something back. Dianne and Margaret will set off on 14 October bound for Manchester Airport and their flight to Beijing. The trek will include 1,000 giant steps in a very humid climate with some sections of it covered on their hands and knees. The sisters are already in training and have been working hard to reach the £3000 sponsorship required to take part in the challenge.Dianne says: "The support for our fundraising has blown us away and we've already raised an amazing £6,500. We had a Race Night at The Bird I'th' Hand which raised over £2000 and an afternoon tea at The Coach and Horses in Rainhill, which raised a fantastic £1900. A colleague of mine ran 3 marathons in 3 days, raising £1000 for our fundraising which was fantastic. To round off our fundraising we've also got a gin tasting fundraiser at The Cinema Bar on 18 March and 'The Ball that isn't a Ball' at The Stobart Stadium on 20 March which promises to be a great night! We're both so excited about our trip. We have never been to China or completed such a trek. We are both now training hard !! It really is an opportunity of a lifetime, but also a great way to raise money for Willowbrook. Mark Pilkington, Willowbrook Challenges Fundraiser said, "As the hospice is celebrating our 20th year we thought it was the right time to organise an overseas challenge to mark our special year with something really different...and where better than China to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Dianne and Margaret are really up for the challenge and have done an amazing job so far in securing their sponsorship. Hopefully they'll both make memories which will last a lifetime as well as raising vital funds to help Willowbrook to continue to care and support local people and their families.

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The 14 October China Trek is now sold out but places are available for the trek starting on 28 October. For more details, please contact Mark Pilkington on 01744 453798 or email