Preparing to trek the Great Wall of China

Donna Dillingham raising money for the charity before her challenge
Donna Dillingham raising money for the charity before her challenge

A 50-year-old woman is getting ready to trek the Great Wall of China and raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer.

Donna Dillingham, of Bushmead, will join the group of 12 trekkers on Saturday, April 30, as they take on the challenge over five days.

She was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and stage 1 cervical cancer when she visited her doctor after she suspected she might have the symptoms of ovarian cancer. After six rounds of chemotherapy and a radical hysterectomy she is ready to take on the challenge to raise awareness of the symptoms and raise money for the charity.

She said: “I was at my lowest ebb with my cancer, going through and severely struggling with high dose chemo. I felt so lost, alone and weak.

“Then I saw the China trek 2016 posted on Target Ovarian Cancer’s website and decided, that is what I was going to do!”

On Sunday, May 8, the last day of the trek, they will have the chance to restore a part of the Great Wall by placing bricks and mending a section of the structure.

Donna said: “The highlight of the trek will definitely be placing a brick in the Great Wall of China for the renovation on World Ovarian Cancer Day.

“It is a privilege to be able to be part of the China trek and raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer, especially on this special day. It will be an honour to place a brick for all the people with ovarian cancer all over the world.”

Donna has raised £2,000 for Target Ovarian Cancer and hopes to raise more to help improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide support to women with ovarian cancer.

To make a donation to Donna’s trek, visit: www.justgiving.com/Donna-Dillingham