Mansfield pals ready to take on Great Wall of China

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FOUR pals from Mansfield whose lives have been touched by breast cancer are set to take on a charity challenge walking the Great Wall of China.

The group; Brenda Dubowski, Senga Connor, Helen Richardson and Krystyna Kuprewicz are set to walk sections of the Wall over six days while taking part in cancer charity Breast Cancer Care’s Trek China event.

The women have dubbed themselves the Cheeky Trekkers and fly out to China on 9th October.

Said Brenda: “It’s going to be a challenge - we are walking 6-8 hours a day along various different types of terrain. “But I am sure we are all fit enough.

“We can’t thank the people who have supported us all the way, especially our families, enough.”

The walk will top off the group’s fund raising efforts which have so far raised more than £13,000 for breast cancer care.

There was a fun day at Warren Farm in Mansfield Woodhouse on August Bank Holiday Monday and the group also held a Royal Ascot Ladies Day party in June, and jewellery and cake sales.

The trekkers were helped by Mansfield’s Brunts School who held a sponsored ‘wear pink’ day to raised more than £1,300 for the cause.

Glapwell FC bolstered the fund raising total by taking part a special friendly football match where both teams wore pink - the colour of Breast Cancer Care.

The cash will help pay for support and information services provided by the charity.

Brenda and Senga are both breast cancer survivors and last year, flew to South Africa to take part in their first walking challenge, which included a climb up Table Mountain.

Krystyna, also a breast cancer survivor and Helen, whose grandmother was killed by the disease, were so inspired by the their friends’ efforts, they jumped at the chance to join in this year.

Said Helen: “We are very keen to raise as much as money as we can for the charity but we are also trying to raise awareness of breast cancer along the way. It is something which deeply affected my family when my grandmother died and in those days, there was not the same support system that we have now.”

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