Yeldham pair tackle the Great Wall of China

An intrepid pair of fundraising pals pulled on their walking shoes and put their best feet forward as they raised thousands for a local charity.

Alex Unsworth, who now lives in Thetford and Jess Day, from Little Yeldham put in the miles and raised £5,805 for St Nicholas Hospice Care when they trekked across the Great Wall of China.

The pair, who are both aged 19, decided to undertake the adventure in memory of Alex’s nan Mary Vogeler, who received care from the hospice in her final days.

Alex, an artist in art production in film and television, said: “We walked the Great Wall of China in memory of my Nan who gave donations to the hospice every month since her own mother passed away.

“She was such an inspiration to me to help others that I wanted to carry on her legacy.”

The duo’s adventure, which lasted for five days, saw them walk for between seven and eight hours each day in 40 degree heat.

Starting their journey on September 3, they walked about 17km for five days and faced a tough challenge as they had to take on varied and steep terrain.

They had to hack trees down, as many parts of the trail were unkept, with some parts having not been touched for 1,500 years.

For Jess it was the luge down the mountain which really stood out for her.

Jess, who is a chef, said: “Doing the walk was Alex’s idea, I said I would help fundraise and he came up with the China idea. He made me book it the day after I told him yes to make sure I never backed out.

“When we completed the trek it was a huge relief and we were so proud. It was a huge achievement.”

The money Alex and Jess have raised will be used to support the services the charity provides across West Suffolk and Thetford.