Donna’s Great Wall charity walk raises more than £3k

Donna Saunders, from Leasingham, on her charity Great Wall of China trek.
Donna Saunders, from Leasingham, on her charity Great Wall of China trek.

An intrepid Leasingham woman has raised more than £3,000 for people living with dementia through a trek along the Great Wall of China.

Donna Saunders, 50, was one of more than 30 members of staff from the Argos and Homebase chains to take on the challenge in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer Scotland and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

The group walked a stretch of the wall about 80 miles long from Huangyaguan to Mutianyu across six days at the end of September and beginning of October.

In all, some £135,000 has been raised to help people living with dementia stay in their own homes and be part of community life for longer, with mum-of-four Donna contributing an impressive £3,400 to the sum through her fundraising.

She said: “It really was a phenomenal experience that brought people together for a cause close to the hearts of so many, including myself as my grandfather had dementia.”

Donna has worked at Sleaford’s Homebase store for about 10 years.

The cash raised through her sponsored trek was supplemented through other activities, including cake sales and tombolas.

She added: “I’m thrilled to have raised so much for Alzheimer’s Society and despite my sore feet, I’m delighted to have taken on the challenge knowing my fundraising will support people living with dementia in my local area.”

Together Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer Scotland and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland are Homebase and Argos’ charity partners for 2013 to 2015.

The money raised by staff members and customers will fund Singing for the Brain groups, a service which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment, so-called ‘Dementia Cafes’ and dementia support services around the UK and Ireland.

It is still possible to sponsor Donna by visiting her online sponsorship page: www.justgiving.com/Donna-Saun
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