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Norwich mother and daughter step up to challenge of China trek

Chris Glen and her daughter Claire Pointer stand either side of their nordic walking instructor Maria Holland.

Chris Glen and her daughter Claire Pointer stand either side of their nordic walking instructor Maria Holland.

A mother and daughter from Thorpe St Andrew will be trekking part of the Great Wall of China next month in memory of a much-loved husband and step-father who died last year.

"It is a training regime that Scandinavian cross country skiers follow in the summer months."

Chris Glen

Chris Glen and Claire Pointer, have been training hard and are hoping to raise at least £6,000 which could provide 300 hours of specialist home care and family support for other families.

Stephen Glen, who suffered from lung cancer for 10 months, died in May 2010.

Chris, 53, said: “As a family we received support from various charity run organisations, including The Big C, Macmillan and also Marie Curie.

“We wanted to give something back to these charities so other families can continue to benefit from this support, as it is absolutely invaluable.”

Marie Curie were able to offer night time nursing care so Mrs Glen could get some sleep and her husband could stay in his home.

Chris and her 33-year-old daughter have already managed to raise £3,776 for The Big C centre, £200 for Macmillan and they now want to raise a total of £6,000 for Marie Curie, through the trek.

She continued: “The part of the wall where we are hiking has hundreds and hundreds of steps so will be very different to the flat Norfolk we are used to. We will be trekking for up to nine hours each day so have been in training for a while now.

“We will also be roughing it all the way – camping on the wall with no luxury facilities. We will be looked after by a local family who will be supporting us throughout our trip.”

The pair are training for the challenge with a local Nordic Walking instructor, Maria Holland, pictured with Chris and Claire. She has been giving them training for free as sponsorship.

“Nordic walking training is brilliant as it is more aerobically challenging than trekking,” added Chris. “It is a training regime that Scandinavian cross country skiers follow in the summer months.

“The style of walking involves using walking poles and focuses on technique to strengthen and condition the body.”

The pair will be holding a Ceroc evening on August 20 at 7.30pm East Tuddenham Village Hall, NR20 3LR to raise money for the trek. Entry is £7.

Go to the pair’s Just Giving website www.justgiving.com/chrisandclaire for more information and to donate.

Are you fundraising for charity? Email Local Life editor David Freezer at david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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