This Friday, April 16, Marchday’s very own Jenny Carr will be heading off to walk the Great Wall of China, raising money for Breast Cancer Campaign, in memory of her mother, Carys Carr.
Jenny’s challenge is to walk a 60km unrestored section of the Great Wall of China. Joined by 20 other fundraisers, Jenny will walk for five days, staying in cabins at the base of the Wall each night.
Jenny’s mother died of the disease three and a half years ago, after a long battle. Carys, a mother of two, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 at the age of 43. She was to fight the disease three times over the next 10 years.
Jenny, now a mother herself to five-year-old Oliver, is aiming to raise at least £2,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign. The charity funds research into understanding how breast cancer develops leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.
Jenny said: “My mother battled cancer for 10 years of her life, forever optimistic and with real spirit. She took it all in her stride.
“I specifically chose Breast Cancer Campaign because its research aims to improve the way cancer is treated. Having cared for my mother I have seen how horrific the treatment can be for the person going through it.
“I wanted to raise money to help future sufferers, improve the prognosis and make the treatment less invasive.”
“We’re walking along a section of the Great Wall that’s steep, very uneven and crumbling. Add to that the humidity and it’s a real challenge!”
Jenny works at Lingfield Point for the property’s owners, Marchday plc.
Funding the trip herself this is the first time Jenny has ever undertaken such a challenge. She has been preparing for the Great Wall by running and taking her dog, Bertie, for long hill walks in County Durham several times a week.
John Orchard, director, Marchday plc said: “This really is a remarkable personal challenge for Jenny and we are 100 per cent behind her. She’s raising money for an incredibly worthwhile charity that will make a very real contribution to how breast cancer is detected and treated in the future. We wish her all the best, we’re sure she will succeed!”
Donate to Jenny’s fundraising efforts at www.justgiving.com/jenny-carr