Great Wall beckons for intrepid Erica
A banner made by schoolchildren will be unveiled on one of the world’s most famous landmarks, as part of an intrepid fund-raiser’s trek of a lifetime.
Youngsters from St Michael’s First School, in Alnwick, helped to produce the special flag to support a former pupil’s ambitious charity challenge.
Erica Scott is aiming to walk 100kilometres of the iconic Great Wall of China in the space of 10 days, in June.
The 21-year-old, from the town’s Bailiffgate, will be tackling the trek in aid of Childreach International, which works in genuine partnership with local communities in the developing world to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education, and child rights and protection.
As part of the build up to her walk, the Nottingham Trent University student popped into her former first school on Monday to chat about the challenge.
In return, the pupils donated money towards the cause and helped create the flag.
Erica said: “They donated around £200 and helped me make the banner. It is a giant banner with St Michael’s First School on it and there are some drawings on it too.
“I will be taking it with me and taking photos with it on the wall and I will then bring it back to school.”
During her trip to the school, Erica gave an assembly to the pupils and staff, before working with them on Chinese New Year-themed activities.
“The children seemed to love it and they all showed up in red and yellow for the Chinese New Year,” she said.
The Great Wall challenge is one of the charity’s flagship events. It covers not only the beautifully restored sections of the wall, but also taps into history along the sections now only known as the Wild Wall.
Along the way, walkers will encounter dense tropical forests, as well as royal temples and tombs. They will also have to tackle the rolling hills of rural China and trek to the very top of some of the peaks and ridges that the wall traverses.
Psychology student Erica, who is also a former Duke’s Middle and Duchess’s Community High school pupil, said: “I am a bit nervous about the walk and I am going to have to do some extreme walking beforehand, but it will be an amazing experience.
“Childreach International is such a great charity and helps children around the world.”
Erica is aiming to raise £2,500. To sponsor her, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ericascott28
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