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Spire FM Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek

Spire FM Great Wall of China

Home Time!

6th May 2019

It's been an incredible journey over the last week or so, but all good things must come to an end!

The team of 49 Great Wall of China trekkers will arrive back in the UK today for a well earned rest.

We've put together a video of their highlights: 

There's still time to support the team in their fundraising for the Stars Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital.

You can do that by visiting the charity's Virgin Money Giving page.

Just put 'TREK' in the donation box so we know that where's your support needs to go.

Posted by #StarsTrek19 at 7:55am

All done!

5th May 2019

They've done it!

The supporters of the Stars Appeal have completed their Great Wall of China trek.

Over the past week the team have covered 70 kilometres of one of the modern wonders of the world.

TEAM PHOTO: The Great Wall of China Trek Stars Appeal 2019 team at end of their challenge
TEAM PHOTO: The Great Wall of China Trek Stars Appeal 2019 team at end of their challenge

Collectively they have raised over £100,000 for the Stars Appeal.

Posted by #StarsTrek19 at 8:53am

China = HOT!

3rd May 2019

Today's been another day of hard trekking, as we continue along the Great Wall of China.

There's still plenty of steep steps, and it's very warm (up to the early 30s in celsius!) - but spirits are high.

Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Five
Hello from China!

What's been brilliant during the trip has been the teamwork.

We've all made sure to get each other through the tough times and everyone keeps smiling.

Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Five
We even took a bit of a break to watch the sun set over the Wall to end another day's trekking
Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Five

Always in the back of our minds is the fact that we're doing all this to raise money for the Stars Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital.

We've been delighted with the response we've had to the challenge, and your good wishes are really appreciated.

Spire FM's Martin Starke is the 'lead trekker' and called in to the studio with an update: 

We've got a couple more days of trekking to go.

But we've now got the longest day of walking out of the way and we can enjoy the final parts.

Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Five
Strike a pose!
Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Five

You can still support us on the Stars Appeal's online fundraising page.

Scroll down for the link.

Posted by #StarsTrek19 at 7:00am

Everyday we're trekkin'!

2nd May 2019

Another day, another load of steps to take on our journey.

The weather's been up there with the biggest challenges...

The hot sun's taking temperatures up to the high 20s celsius and there's very little shade. 

When there is some, we've been taking the opportunity to take a break: 

Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Four
A quick lunch and water break

While it all looks stunning during the walks, we're starting to get the feeling it might never end! 

Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Four

One team member, Penny Calvert called in to the Spire FM Studio to explain how she's doing: 

Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Four
Penny says the Trek's been difficult but a once in a lifetime experience!

We've still got a few more days of trekking to go, all in the knowledge that it's raising an incredible amount of money for the Stars Appeal.

All the money raised will go towards services at Salisbury District Hospital above and beyond what the NHS can provide.

If you'd like to support us and keep the money going up, please go to the Stars Appeal's Virgin Money Giving page.

Just put 'TREK' into the message box, so we know it's for us.

Thank you!!

Posted by #StarsTrek19 at 9:14am

The 'peak' of the Great Wall

1st May 2019

Today's been an important milestone on our Great Wall of China trek - we've reached the highest point of our journey!

We'd like to say it's all downhill from here, but the truth is we don't know that for sure!

The views are brilliant though and we came together for a quick photo opportunity:

Stars Appeal Great Wall of China Trek Day Three
We're a couple of days in to the trek and loving it!

Every member of the team is doing this challenge to raise money for the Stars Appeal - Salisbury District Hospital's charity.

We've all got our own reasons for wanting to put ourselves through this, and while we were at the 'top', some of us shared our stories.

Here's Nicky explaining her reasons (you might need a tissue!)

We've collectively raised over £100,000 so far - and you can still support us.

Scroll down a bit for the fundraising link.

We also couldn't do this trip without the help of the team from Discover Adventure, based in Coombe Bissett. 

They're the guys who plan the route, arrange the logistics and spur us on throughout.

Next is a bus trip to transfer us to our next base to continue the Trek... 

Posted by #StarsTrek19 at 8:15am

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