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Lisa Spann

Great Wall of China Trek for Derian House

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My story

[p]So I have made a decision to trek across the [url=https://www.charitychallenge.com/challenge/9/Great-Wall-Discovery]Great Wall of China[/url]. It sounds like an easy decision to have made some might say but I have been toying with it for a number of years but never quite managed to go ahead and do it. [/p][p][b]My Challenge [/b][/p][p]One Wall, 50 miles, 10,000 vertical steps this is a challenge![/p][p]The primary purpose of the Great Wall was to protect the Chinese Empire from the invading Mongolians. Nothing will however stop me from completing this challenge in aid of Derian House and I would so appreciate your help.[/p][p][b]£5 helps me up 25 steps[/b][/p][p][b]£50 help me up 250 steps[/b][/p][p]Step by step please help me take on this challenge and raise much needed funds for an amazing Charity.[/p][p]Anyone who knows me knows that this is more than just 1 challenge for me. It will involve me staying in simple accommodation (I am at least a 4* woman), eating food that is not my thing (especially as I am gluten intolerant), having no access to social media AND by no means least no work! As a workaholic this will be tough. Some may say that sponsoring me to give up any of these is worthwhile without the actual trek. [/p][p][b]Derian House Children's Hospice[/b][/p][p]I spent 5 hours (no exaggeration) researching which charity to do this for. This was so hard, I did a lot of research on what key charities raise each year and how much of year £1 goes to the good work versus the general expenses. I then decided that I wanted to raise money for a local charity that would actually make a difference from a decent chunk (hopefully she says). [/p][p]I opted for [url=https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/]Derian House[/url], a children's hospice based in Lancashire that covers the whole of the county and the South Lakes. Derian House offers end of life and respite care for children up to 25 years old and much more. [/p][p][b]How can your donation help.[/b][/p][p]Every £40 raised will pay for a family to have a session together in the specialist pool, £78 will pay for 2 wristbands at Blackpool Pleasure Beach so that one of the sibling support staff can take one of the well children out for the day to somewhere they can't normally get to. These are just a couple of examples but goes to show just how far £5,000 can go.[/p][p]I am very fortunate that I can self fund this trip which means that every single penny I raise will go direct to Derian House. So in the words of a famous supermarket every little helps so please dig deep :)[/p][p]Thank you[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Et9c4_cpac?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p]Last week I visited the hospice fo the first time and below covers a couple of things that I took from that visit. I have started a [url=https://great-wall-of-china-trek.blogspot.com/]blog[/url] that talks about the charity a little more and also about the challenge.[/p][p][b]Respite Care[/b][/p][p]Respite care is generally seen as help for parents and this is true, but respite care can also be a big benefit for the children. I was interested to learn that some of the older boys arrange to go in together for a 'holiday', this may sound odd but they need a break from their parents. Again simple things come to light, they want to get together as they are friends all in a similar situation and they want simple pleasures such as going to bed when they want to. At home, bed time is at the latest when mum and dad go to bed, if they want to watch something on TV they can't. Why? Because they need their parents to help them to bed. [/p][p]They go there to stay up until 2am and eat pizza and have fun with friends.[/p][p]One other thing that came from this was the inaccessibility of the kitchen. When designed and built it was done so as a commercial kitchen but when asked, the older children want to be able to be part of making their own pizza as 2am and as it stands they can't. The cost of a new kitchen though is £27,000![/p][p][b]Sibling Support[/b][/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fV7T7XASdY4?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p]This is the service that when I visited really surprised me and equally impressed me. I expected a children's hospice to help look after sick children whether it be at the end of their life or respite care to give parents support and a much needed rest and this they do. The one thing I did not think about though was the affect a sick child can have on siblings. Parents naturally have to give more attention to a sick child and this can leave any other siblings feeling left out. It is more than that though, the siblings don't get a childhood the same as their school friends, simple pleasures such as going to the cinema, a theme park or for a pizza with family is not possible as the venues are not suitable for wheelchairs.[/p][p]Yes, they may go out with school friends but they do not understand the home situation and what it is like living with a very sick brother or sister.[/p][p]The hospice has a sibling support team that help the well children to be children, They arrange trips to theme parks and crazy golf for example and take them out for pizza. Sometimes on their own and sometimes as a group as they can all have fun together and support each other knowing what each other is going through. Needless to say this costs money![/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

01 Apr 2019


Apr 23, 2019


£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 10, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 9, 2019


Well done lisa

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 6, 2019


Well done. Kilimanjaro next!


Mar 30, 2019


Best foot forward! Have a great time x

Mar 29, 2019


£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 29, 2019


Good luck lisa. X

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 29, 2019


Good luck

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 29, 2019


Good Luck Lisa!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 25, 2019

Brookfield Masonic Lodge no 5077

Good luck Lisa on this wonderful charity walk for a great charity, Derian House does so much for children across Lancashire they deserve and need the money you are raising.

£125.00 plus £31.25 Gift Aid