Stacey takes first steps towards tackling the Great Wall of China

Published on: 07 Apr 2014

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A Keynsham woman is planning to trek one of the wonders of the world to raise money to beat an illness that could strike one in three of us as we age.

Stacey Davies, 24, says walking long stretches of the Great Wall of China this October will be a real achievement for her, both in terms of raising vital funds for charity and in the personal challenges she will overcome to complete it. 

She is already training hard months ahead of the six-day trek, by swimming, cycling and fitting in long walks around her jobs at a law firm and at the Lock Keeper pub in Keynsham.

The trek will see her walking for up to eight hours a day over the mountainous terrain, along sections of the ancient monument, including the 200 steep steps to Heaven’s Ladder.

The aim of Stacey’s challenge is to raise as much as she can for The Alzheimer’s Society – a cause she describes as “relevant to everybody”.

She said: “A big part of this challenge is about raising awareness and realising that Alzheimer’s could potentially affect everybody, be it ourselves or one of our relatives.

“It’s also a dual effort – as well as fundraising, personally, this is a massive challenge that requires a lot of commitment to get my own fitness up. I go for six to seven-mile walks after work and I’m extending the distance as I go. It’s been a big lifestyle change, I’ve changed what I eat and I really need as many people to support me as possible to help me keep going.”

Stacey is planning fundraising events to help her meet her £3,100 target – although she hopes to raise more – and has already organised cake sales and tuck shops at work and even turned her flat-warming party in Keynsham into a charity event.

To find out more about Stacey’s challenge, and to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/stacey-davies8. To find out more about The Alzheimer’s Society, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.

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