Jenny and Catherine come face to face with the Great Wall of China

Exhausted and exhilarated Jenny Chapman, Head of Quality Assurance and Practice Development and Catherine Conway, Director of Finance and IT at AFG have successfully completed a challenging trek along the Great Wall of China in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Jenny and Catherine joined forces with 40 employees from City West Housing, Seddon, First Choice Homes and Stockport Homes to complete the 10 day trek from 9 – 18 October, along the steep terrain of China’s infamous Great Wall.

The adventure involved the team of trekkers walking for up to 6 hours a day, spanning over 60 miles across some of the remote and derelict parts of the wall. Following each day’s trekking, the team experienced the warm hospitality, kindness and cuisine of local villagers.

Jenny Chapman, Head of Quality Assurance and Practice Development at AFG said: “It was a once in a lifetime experience. I am extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to walk beside some amazing people who all had their own personal stories and purpose as to what had driven them to sign up. In the daily trepidation of the unknown terrain that lay ahead I was able to draw some parallels as to how someone waking up every morning with Alzheimer’s may begin their day, which was humbling and brought to bare the reality for our challenge.”

She added: “I cannot even begin to thank those people who have been so generous in their donations, but also the support from AFG as an organisation in supporting us to complete the challenge and make a difference to those affected by Alzheimer’s. Thank you to everyone.”

Catherine Conway, Director of Finance and IT at AFG said: “The trek was an amazing experience each and every one of us who took part will never forget. We walked through all terrains, forests, farmland, cliff edges, gravel paths and lots and lots of steps, which were far too tall for my short legs to reach, but the scenery was breathtaking. Minus the tears, falls and injured ankles we managed to climb 150,000 steps and walk 60 miles over the 10 day trek. The last day was very challenging for me. A very tired body ascending a step incline to reach the wall took a lot of determination and skill, but I managed to achieve it.”

Jenny admiring the view of the Great Wall

Jenny admiring the view of the Great Wall

On top of the world

On top of the world

 

Catherine making headway on the Great Wall

Catherine making headway on the Great Wall

Towards the end of an exhilarating journey

Towards the end of an exhilarating journey