Weybridge Town Business Group’s Gill Eastwood is Trekking The Great Wall of China for The John King Brain Tumour Foundation
Photos Of The Great Wall Of China Charity Trekkers – In Aid Of The John King Brain Tumour Foundation
As you can see from the photos above, after months of fitness training and planning, the charity trekkers have arrived in China and they have started out on the Great Wall. More photos are below. We will be adding pictures on a daily basis as they come through so please re-visit this page for updates. And don’t forget that this is to raise money for a very worthwhile charity, so please read the message from Gill below – your support is appreciated!
Some of you will know me from the Weybridge Town Business Group and one of the organisers of the events we hold in the town. My son Tom runs Weybridge Sports.
On the 18th April a group of six amazing friends and myself will put on our hiking boots to trek 65km over six days on the Great Wall of China to raise money for the John King Brain Tumour Foundation.
John King was a dear friend and husband of my very good friend Laura. Sadly John passed away in November 2016 from a Glioblastoma tumour. Brain cancer research and development is seriously underfunded, receiving only 1% of all Government cancer research funding. We all wanted to do something to help others diagnosed with this dreadful disease.
All the money raised – I have paid my own travel expenses – through this tough challenge will go to the Atkinson Morley Hospital. We are aiming to buy the hospital a new microscope that sees further into the brain, have started to support research into brain tumours and the best type of chemotherapy treatment, and also to maintain the Neurosurgical Garden for patients at the hospital.
Training is going well albeit challenging, and I’m beginning to dislike the stair climber at the gym! Although 30 mins on this will be nothing compared to the eight hours a day we will spend on the Wall!
The Charity is very close to my heart not only because John was a very dear friend but also because I lost my brother to a brain tumour when he was only 39. If you would like to donate, I would be hugely grateful – it will make an enormous difference. You can either do this via JustGiving
Thank you for reading this and for your support. If you would like any further information on the charity please see below or let me know.
Best wishesGill Eastwood
About The Charity – The John King Brain Tumour Foundation
The John King Brain Tumour Foundation is a registered charity supporting the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George’s Hospital, Tooting, London treating glioblastoma brain tumour patients. With your support we are fundraising for the McKissock Ward garden, surgical equipment and research not currently funded by the NHS.
The Foundation is passionate about supporting the incredible work of Tim Jones, Neurosurgeon, St George’s Hospital Trust, Tooting.
The first major project is to raise £100,000 for a state-of-the-art Zeiss Pentero 900 surgical microscope. This microscope will allow more of a brain tumour to be removed during surgery. It is currently not available through NHS funding.
This equipment is the subject of the newspaper article below.
To learn more about the charity, please click on the logo above to visit the website.
Great Wall Of China Trek Video – Another Brick In The Wall
This performance of ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, a Pink Floyd Song Performed by Orange Floyd, may not make the charts but please support the charity otherwise they threaten to sing another song!
Here’s the website for the charity www.johnkingbraintumourfoundation.co.uk or use the Just Giving button above.
Photos Below – The Trekkers In Surrey – Getting Some Fitness Training In Preparation For The Charity Walk
Weybridge Town Business Group
Gill is one of the key people running the Weybridge Town Business Group and is very active in organising the 4 community events they run each year. The next event is the popular Great Weybridge Cake Off.
Gill can be seen in the photo below sharing a joke with Sharron Ferrari and Cake-Off judges including TV Celebrity Ruth Langsford, who will again be presenting the prizes this year.
More Information About Weybridge Town Business Group
Can be found on the detailed page for Weybridge Town Business Group.