On 13th September 2018 the three trekkers, including Jess Vailima of the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC), Mark Doré of Edmundson Electrical, and Monika Gaubyte of Keystone Communications, embarked on the 10-day journey to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Great Wall of China, which stretches up to 6,000km in a dotted line across China.

The journey of a lifetime started in a small town of Huangyaguan, which is located in a beautiful valley in the Yanshan Mountains, where the team combated thousands of steep, renovated steps until they reached ‘Heaven’s Ladder’.

Throughout their 10-day trek, the team were faced with many different challenges, including steep rocky hillsides scattered with scrub, dirt tracks, and thousands of renovated and unrestored steps. During the trip, they experienced different parts of the old and restored wall as they followed the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in the remote areas, north of Beijing, through woodland and terraced farmland. It was all worth it as they experienced some of the most fascinating scenery of rolling purple hills fading into the distance dotted with many watchtowers and a breath-taking panorama.

Mark Doré of Edmundson Electrical, said: “We met up as 14 strangers, shared amazing experiences, laughed our way through the hard times and came back the closest of friends with memories to savour for the rest of our lives.” Over the 10-days, the team completed over 158,336 steps and trekked over 107 kilometres to show their support for the Dickinson family. So far, the Challenge for a Cause campaign has raised £161,206, which will go towards transforming the lives of Caz Dickinson and her family. There is still time to show your support by donating today via the official Electrical Industries Charity’s website.

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