Keen hiker, Julie Kitlowski, has completed a challenging five day trek along the Great Wall of China, over mountains and watchtowers, to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Julie, 56, completed her hike across China’s Great Wall between the 15th and 22nd of October, to help raise money for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
As a General Practitioner in Rotherham for 28 years, Julie has worked with a number of families who have gone on to use Bluebell Wood’s services, which include respite, end of life treatment, music therapy, counselling, sibling support groups, and more.
She said: “When Bluebell Wood’s events guided landed on my desk a few months ago, the Great Wall of China trek definitely had my name on it. The hospice is an amazing place, and I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause for my fundraising.”
The five day trek, which was organised by Global Adventure Challenges, led Julie and her forty two fellow fundraisers across historic battlements and through remote villages. The hikers were even given permission to place a special brick in a section of the Wall that is currently being restored.
Julie added: “One of the most exciting parts of our journey was ‘Heaven’s Ladder’ – a steep stretch of 460 steps leading up to a narrow mountain ridge. The upward hike was mentally and physically challenging, but knowing that my fundraising will make such a difference to local children helped me keep going when times were tough.”
Jo Berry, Events Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re so proud of Julie for conquering the steep steps and narrow twists of the Great Wall of China. Julie’s efforts will help us create treasured memories for our children and families, and they will be thrilled to know that there is a special brick dedicated to Bluebell Wood, which will left in China’s Great Wall for all time.”
There’s still chance to donate towards Julie’s fantastic efforts, so please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/juliekitlowski1 and help support local children with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.