Kim’s Great Trek in China for Veterans Aid
July 27, 2017
27th July 2017
Metropolitan Police Sergeant Kim Newcombe exchanged the streets of London for the Great Wall of China to support Veterans Aid.
Her 50km/31 mile trek has raised £2.7k to date but her Just Giving page is still open for donations.
Kim said, “I was introduced to Veterans Aid through a colleague, Sergeant Dave Johns, who was doing a Charity Run in 2009. I didn’t run on that occasion – I drove the support vehicle!
“Then we did The Big Bus Pull in November 2009 with the help of veterans (including Chelsea Pensioners) and other military personnel. These included my brother, who is TA attached to the Parachute Regiment, and police officers pulling a fully laden double decker bus from the Cenotaph to Veterans Aid’s HQ. I remained interested in the charity’s activities and when I decided to do the Great Wall, VA was an obvious choice.”
Kim’s training program consisted of long walks with dog Dudley, lots of stairs and squats. She also works backstage for a local theatre company so the walking time was put to good use learning musical scores.
Kim, who walked for up to eight hours a day on the Great Wall, said, “Five days of trekking through some of the most inspiring scenery speckled with the first blooms of cherry blossom. It was tougher than I’d imagined, almost vertical steps at some points and very steep slopes with views for miles. The watchtowers are approximately 200m apart, the terrain varying across the different sections of the wall, some renovated, some crumbling and loose underfoot. There were some times we had to take detours off the wall due to Military Zones or the wall being too dangerous to navigate.”
The venture was Kim’s first experience of solo travel but she met other fundraisers at the airport who kept her motivated.
“I met 20 great people I wouldn’t otherwise have known and it has given me the confidence to go on other adventures. It was an incredible experience which I would recommend to anyone looking for a challenge.”
Thanks to all the efforts, including bake sales, clothes auctions on eBay and spreading the word amongst family and friends, Kim raised an impressive £2.7k.
If you want to support Kim’s JustGiving page donate here.