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Karen’s story

Fundraiser Karen Burge is to tackle a trek along the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the hospital which treated her for cancer.

Mrs Burge, of Linnet Way, Midsomer Norton, is polishing up her walking boots ready for six days of tough walking along the historic monument in September.

She is hoping to raise £2,000 for the Forever Friends Appeal for a new cancer unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Three years ago Mrs Burge received treatment at the hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer and says this is her chance to give something back.

She said: “I had fantastic treatment and care but the surroundings were drab.

“What is being planned to improve the care and surroundings is fantastic and will make such a difference for people going through treatment.”

Mrs Burge will be walking for between three and seven hours a day for six days.

The walk takes in some of the best views of the country and will include tackling “heaven’s ladder” a steep 200-step climb from Huangyaguan up into the mountains.

Mrs Burge, who works for Dorothy House, has already completed several Race for Life events as well as the hospice’s Midnight Walk.

She is now stepping up her training schedule with the help of instructors at the Centurion Hotel.

She said: “I have built up the distance now I have to address the terrain. I am looking forward to it, it will an experience of a lifetime and I am told the views will be breathtaking.”

Mrs Burge can be sponsored via www.doitforcharity.com/karenstrek

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