Cancer survivor leaves behind home comforts to trek the Great Wall of China

Nichola Jackson spent five days trekking the Great Wall of China
Nichola Jackson spent five days trekking the Great Wall of China

A cancer charity had a happy Chinese New Year after a Leyland woman fulfilled her Eastern promise.

Self-confessed home-bird Nichola Jackson, 28, of Cleveland Road, raised more than £3,500 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation when she gave up her home comforts to spend five days trekking the Great Wall of China.

Nichola Jackson

Nichola Jackson

Nichola, a support worker, undertook the challenge towards end of last year to keep a promise she made while being treated for cervical cancer at Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston.

While recovering, Nichola compiled an adventurous ‘to do’ list to take her out of her comfort zone while helping others at the same time.

And trekking the Great Wall topped it.

She said: “I can’t put into words how fantastic it was to do the trek even though it was definitely more of a challenge than a holiday.

“I can’t put into words how fantastic it was to do the trek even though it was definitely more of a challenge than a holiday.”

Nichola Jackson

“Our accommodation in farmhouses and bed and breakfasts, and our food was all quite basic.

“It took some getting used to at first but if I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate.”

Nichola was part of an 80-strong party that trekked a 60-mile plus section of Great Wall that was off the tourist track.

To fund her place, which cost £2,000, Nichola, her mum Angela and six friends undertook a sponsored walk from Preston Docks to Blackpool Tower.

Nichola also dressed up as Elsa from Disney’s Frozen to hold a bucket collection at Leyland’s Morrisons store and with the help of several close friends, hosted a garden party.