Walking boots at the ready, Michelle Gollins prepares for a charity trek of her lifetime.

In May 2020, Michelle 51 will conquer one of the Seven Wonders of the World as she joins the group of St David’s Hospice supporters on the ‘China Challenge’.

Hiking along the Great Wall of China will not be easy. On some sections of the magnificent man-made structure, it can sometimes take an hour just to trek 1km due to a number of steps up and down. On the sixth day, she will tackle 1,000 steps that make up the ‘Heavenly Ladder’.

Originally from Colwyn Bay and a former pupil of Ysgol Bryn Elian, Michelle is walking in memory of Christine Pike, who sadly passed away at St David’s.

Michelle, now a midwife in Cheshire said:

“My mum Helena encouraged me to enter this challenge for St David’s Hospice because of their care given to a dear friend of the family”

“Christine was a good friend of my mum’s and a long term family friend. I have fond memories of Christine. She was a hairdresser and used to cut my hair as a little girl. When I got married, Christine and her husband Alan drove me and my bridesmaids to my wedding in their classic cars.

“Mum visited Christine when she was poorly in St David’s. She was impressed by the care and compassion given by the staff and volunteers at St David’s. Mum could see that the patient’s pain levels and wellbeing were addressed”.

St David’s supports local people, their families and carers at their Inpatient Unit in Llandudno, Therapy Centres in Bangor and Llandudno, as well as in the comfort of patient’s own homes via their Hospice at Home and Outreach services.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the local community such as Michelle’s, all the Hospice services are free of charge to patients and their families.

If you would like to make a donation to Michelle fundraising page and make a difference to the care of local people and their families, at a time when they need it most go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michelle-gollins