Walton mother trekking great wall after stroke
A mother from Walton is to take on the challenge of a lifetime after suffering a personal trauma last year.
Kim Darnell, 48, suffered a stroke last year which caused in bleed on her brain and will trek China next year to raise money for Childline.
The mum of three decided to take on the challenge as a way to celebrate that she is well and to keep her fit and healthy, along with giving something back to a worthy cause.
Ms Darnell said: “I want to show my beautiful children Emma, Joe and Harry that I am well and strong and I also want to thank them for being there for me when I needed them. No child should have to be strong for their mum but mine were.”
Sixty people will take on the Have a Heart trek, organised by Heart radio, from Monday, March 18, to Wednesday, March 27, next year.
Stretching 6,300km from east to west, trekkers will visit one of the most remarkable wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China.
Participants will trek up ancient steps, view stunning scenery and trek through local villages to the amazing man made creations.
Ms Darnell said: “I am really apprehensive about the trek, being away from home for ten days with absolute strangers so far away, but equally I am so excited about this amazing physical and mental challenge.”
Participants are required to pay a registration fee of £299 and must commit to raising £3,500 in sponsorship. A maximum of 44 per cent of this fee will be used to cover the costs of the trip, with the remainder plus any excess raised, going directly to the charity.
To sponsor Kim, visit justgiving.com/kim-darnell0.