Louisa’s going up the Wall

Just Regional
Jul 5, 2024 2 mins read

As if last year’s 500-miles-in-a-month challenge wasn’t enough for Sprowston’s Louisa Dye, she has now set her sights on an even bigger challenge – the Great Wall of China.

Louisa is again raising money for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s oncology department in memory of her mum and dad, Stuart and Christine Clarke, who both died with cancer.

And she said stepping up to fundraising challenges was giving her focus to get through her grieving.

“Since losing mum, I have struggled greatly with grief,” she said. “Losing one parent is hard – losing two is heartbreaking.

“This is where the challenges have come from. I never knew I had this in me till last year, but I now have the inner urge and adventure to do anything I can to help raise money for the oncology department.”

There’s no particular reason she chose this challenge, saying: “I just fancied a completely different challenge.”

The five-day trek will take in sections of the wall, covering thousands of steps up and down each day.

“It comprises flat areas, rugged areas  and some with a sheer drop either side – something I’ll have to deal with at the time as I hate heights,” she said. “I also need to climb the 1,000 steps up to the Mutianyu wall to the Heavenly Ladder, which is a 45-degree climb, and you have to climb with your hands and feet… Again, I will deal with it when I have to!”

Her trip is fully funded so all the money donated will go directly to the hospital.

The mum-of-two has already raised more than £3,000 and hopes to hit the £5,000 target by the time she starts the walk on October 12.

In the meantime she is doing lots of training walks and organising group walks,  including a recent challenge to walk up (and down) Gas Hill, Norwich, as many times as people could manage.

“A great bunch of friends and family joined in and there were plenty of giggles and sweat – and luckily no tears,” she said.

On the day there were also cake sales and other fundraising activities to keep the totaliser rising.

To donate, visit bit.ly/Louisachina

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