Great Wall of China trek for Mansfield fundraisers

NMAC11-1483-1''Katie Singlehurst, Jo Hodges and Claire Singlehurst who are preparing for the Macmillam Cancer Support walk of part of the Great Wall of China
NMAC11-1483-1''Katie Singlehurst, Jo Hodges and Claire Singlehurst who are preparing for the Macmillam Cancer Support walk of part of the Great Wall of China

THREE Mansfield women are to take on the challenge of trekking along the Great Wall of China to raise money in memory of their sister.

Claire Singlehurst (35), Katie Singlehurst (29) and Joanna Hodges (31), also known as ‘Sam’s Sisters’, are currently training for the trek, which will take place in September.

All the money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, which provided help and information when their sister Samantha Jayne Marriott (41) died from cancer in November last year.

‘‘We picked China because although we travel a lot, it’s not a place we would necessarily want to go, making it more of a challenge,’’ Claire said.

The trek itself is paid for by the girls and will consist of seven hours of walking per day for seven days straight.

Parts of the wall have sheer drops on either side - a worry for Katie who is ‘terrified of heights’.

‘‘Sam was still with us when we decided to do this challenge and she was so happy and proud,’’ the sisters said.

The trio have pledged to raise more than £10,000 between them and due to the generosity of friends and family, and other fundraising activities, they have already topped £4,000.

When thinking of a name the trio decided to call themselves ‘Sam’s Sisters’ as Sam was the reason for doing it.

‘‘Sam truly was an amazing mum, fiancee, daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend,’’ Claire said.

As well as preparing for the trek, the three women have also organised a range of fundraising activities with the help of Samantha’s two sons Connor (14) and Callum (16).

They are holding a number of events this month including a ‘Coffee and Cake’ morning on 18th June at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton.

The event, which will feature a variety of stalls and a raffle, opens at 10am and is free for everyone.

There will also be a golf day at Ramsdale, Nottingham, on 23rd July. The event is again open to everyone, with trophies and awards given to the best players.

A ‘Sam’s Sisters’ site has been set-up for supporters to make donations and write words of comfort.

Visit www.justgiving.com/sams-sisters