Chef completes Great Wall challenge

Chef completes Great Wall challenge
Chef completes Great Wall challenge

Chef completes Great Wall challenge

A chef from Stone, in Staffordshire, has competed a gruelling 38 mile trek of the Great Wall of China to raise vital funds for disabled children in the county.

James Slater, aged 20, finished the challenge on Tuesday 6th November, 2018, before making his way to Beijing, for his flight back to the UK.

The former Alleyne’s High School pupil completed the challenge to raise funds for Caudwell Children.

“It was a fantastic week that I will never forget,” explained James. “It was my first trip to China, and it was an amazing, breath-taking experience.

“The challenge was completely out of my comfort zone with a culture and country that was new to me.”

James, who works at Fletchers Garden Centre, in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, decided to take on the trek after his mother, Gill, volunteered on Caudwell Children’s annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida.

Caudwell Children, created Destination Dreams in 2007 to give 25 children with life limiting conditions a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Dream’ holiday.

When the former Stafford College student learnt from Gill, how the charity supported disabled children he felt compelled to fundraise for them.

“Earlier this year I took part in the charity’s annual Colour Run, a 5km family fun run, but I decided to push myself further,” said James. “The Great Wall trek was punishing at times, particularly the day we ascended the ‘Heavenly Ladder’, a dangerously steep section of the wall built on a vertical cliff section.

“That was a tough day!”

Kerrie Davies, associate director of events at Caudwell Children, is delighted that James chose to undertake the challenge. She said: “Although 38 miles doesn’t sound particularly daunting the Great Wall Challenge is not for the faint hearted.

“The ‘Heavenly Ladder’ is just one of the obstacles that participants have to overcome and it’s a particularly frightening experience that requires considerable mental strength, particular if you don’t have a head for heights.

“We can’t thank James enough for his dedication, determination and commitment in raising vital funds for Caudwell Children, which will allow us to deliver even more specialist equipment, in-hospital and in-home family support, therapies, treatments, and short break activity days to disabled children in Staffordshire.”

James completed the challenge with three other fundraisers as part of an organised tour organised by Global Adventures, a company dedicated to creating life-changing challenges.

“It was a fantastic adventure and I’ve made friends for life,” concluded James. “I’d say to people considering a challenge that if you enjoy an outdoor experience, and would like to visit new cultures and see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, whilst supporting the great work of Caudwell Children, then this challenge is definitely for you.”

You can support James through his Just Giving Page here.

To find out more about Caudwell Children Challenges visit the web page here.

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