A Regulation Manager for Barchester Healthcare who lives near Andover, Hampshire put the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’ with a hike up the Great Wall of China to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

Kate, who’s been a Regulation Manager at Barchester Healthcare for four years is an active hiker and has been for years, but decided to take her hiking internationally with a walk along one of the wonders of the world. The wall (which is one of the great wonders of the world) took Kate 6 full days to hike across. The walk took Kate over some restored parts as well as some of the rocky overgrown sections, with areas relatively easy walking and some very steep, almost vertical, uneven sections. Kate, who walked with a climbing group stayed in local, basic guest houses along the way.

Kate chose to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation which helps smaller charities and groups across England, Scotland & Wales who make a difference to the lives of older people and other adults with a physical or mental disability; supporting practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity. For the hike, Kate aimed to raise £500 which will be matched pound for pound by Barchester Healthcare. 

Sue Sheath, Director of Regulation and Quality Improvement at Barchester Healthcare said: “Our team was keen to show Kate support on her adventure. Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a great cause that helps many people in need, particularly lonely older people, which is a cause very close to the hearts of all our staff here at Barchester, and we are really proud of Kate to have been able to raise this money. Thank you to everyone who donated!” 

To support Kate please sponsor her Virgin Money Giving page:  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KatesChinaChallenge