Intrepid Liz raises £2,000 on China trek

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A WOMAN took on the challenge of a lifetime in memory of a friend who died of cancer.

Liz Ryan, of Elizabeth Road, Stamford, spent five days trekking the Great Wall of China to raise more than £2,000 for Thorpe Hall hospice in Peterborough.

She was inspired to take on the challenge by her friend Suzy O’Hanlon who died of cancer.

She had spent time at the hospice before her death and Liz was so impressed with the standard of care her friend received, she wanted to do something to help.

Liz said: “Everyone found the trek tough at one point or another, whether it was through a fear of heights or the endurance needed. We were walking up to 12km a day, which some people have said isn’t far, but it was tough terrain with crumbling walls and a sheer drop either side of you.

“I’m not scared of heights but it was the thought that if you put one foot wrong, it was a long way to fall.”

Liz, who works at Serco in Peterborough, has raised £2,100 for Thorpe Hall so far. Donations can be made at www.virginmoney giving.com/LizRyan

She added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to people who have sponsored me. There are a few people who have given some very generous amounts.”