Wincanton woman to trek along the Great Wall of China for Alzheimer’s Society

Wincanton resident Rachel Woods has heroically taken up the challenge to trek a stretch of the Great Wall of China for the Alzheimer’s Society.

RACHEL WOODSWARDRachel said ‘I decided to trek the Great Wall of China for the Alzheimer’s Society after my meeting some individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers last year. It was a humbling experience and made me realise how precious our memories are. I can’t think of a more worthy cause. I’m hoping that by doing this to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, more support can be provided for carers as well as allowing the Society to continue its search for a cure.’

Rachel hopes to raise over £5,000 by trekking the Great Wall of China in October 2013. The trek allows plenty of time to soak up the history of the Great Wall and will also the walkers off the beaten track to catch a glimpse of village life.

Rachel says ‘The Great Wall of China has to be one of my top 10 visits of a lifetime and I’m training pretty hard. I walk a decent number of miles a week with my training companion (Bess the Spaniel) I try to do longer walks whenever I can – great opportunity to explore more of the West Country – I want to be walking marathon distances by July. It will be the first time I have visited China or done anything quite like this… I think the food could be interesting’

Rachel will join a group of all ages and from all backgrounds walking up to 7 hours per day on the Alzheimer’s Society Great Wall of China trek. The trip starts and finishes in Beijing, the trek begins in Huangyaguan, a beautiful valley in the Yanshan mountains, moving on towards Juyongguan over a period of six days. Rachel will journey through breathtaking landscapes, taking in spectacular views in this beautiful part of the world.

To sponsor Rachel please visit

You can also follow her on Twitter @rachelwoodsward

From running a 10k to trekking the Great wall of China or jumping out of a plane, Alzheimer’s Society has a fantastic range of events both in the UK and abroad. To find out more, please visit or call 0870 417 0192.


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