Local lady Karen Williams smashes her fundraising target and raises £1,197 for CPSL Mind by trekking the Great Wall of China

Karen Williams Great Wall of China Trek May 2017Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) was thrilled when Karen Williams from St Ives chose to take on the challenge of trekking the Great Wall of China in aid of the local mental health charity.

Having never done anything like this before, Karen flew the 5,000 miles to China at the beginning of May, unsure about what she had let herself in for. However with great strength and determination she reached her goal walking 90,535 steps, totalling 78.1 kilometres.

Karen Williams said, “It was by far the hardest and biggest challenge of my life – but the experience was so worth it. I did this with a great group of people who became friends – supporting each other (which I really benefited from) from start to finish. It was a lot harder than I imagined but I really wanted to set myself the toughest challenge I could. For people recovering from mental health problems, they face such tough challenges every day and I am so pleased I have been able to support the work of CPSL Mind.”

Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for CPSL Mind said, “This was an incredible challenge that required immense determination and courage. We are all so proud of Karen for completing this trek and so grateful for how much she has raised. Her target was £500 and she truly smashed it by raising £1,197. A massive well done and thank you Karen from everyone at CPSL Mind.”