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Brothers trek the Great Wall of China in memory of mum

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TWO brothers are trekking the globe in a bid to raise thousands of pounds in memory of their mum.

Richard and Nick Parker will make a 14-hour journey today before starting on a 100-mile hike along the Great Wall of China with Macmillan Cancer Support.

The challenge, which will take seven days, is the last in a year-long series of events which the brothers, of Easington Village, began to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of their mum Gillian Parker.

Richard, who will turn 44 this year – the same age as Gillian when she died of breast cancer – and Nick, 36, aimed to raise £10,000 from the challenges for Macmillan, but have so far made £12,000.

Richard said he and his brother were looking forward to the challenge.

“We really wanted to push ourselves,” he said. “It gets a bit monotonous getting people interested in what you’re doing, and doing something different has created a lot of interest.

“We’re nervously excited. We’ve put in months of hard training as we know this is the challenge of a lifetime, but it’s all for a fantastic cause.”

Sister Stephanie Wilkinson, 46, of Wingate, added: “At first I said they would never do it, but now I’m so proud of them. I would have like to have taken part.”

The brothers will return to the UK on Sunday, April 20, and will hold a party at the Half Moon pub, Easington Village, to thank their supporters.

 

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