Grandfather to walk Great Wall of China for hospice (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Theydon Bois grandfather of three to walk the Great Wall of China
A grandfather-of-three is to take on a gruelling challenge in aid of a children's hospice.
Paul Woodward, 62, of Thrists Mead in Theydon Bois, will attempt a five-day trek along the Great Wall of China in October to raise money for St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood.
The former policeman has a fundraising target of £2,000 and has already received £1,700 in donations from friends and family.
Mr Woodward’s parents were both cared for at the hospice and he now volunteers as a receptionist on Wednesdays.
He said: “It’s nice to be able to give something back to the hospice that has helped my family. Anyone can give money, which is needed, but I wanted to give up my time because it shows a level of commitment.”
Preparation for the walk has been stepped up and Mr Woodward is now attending the gym every day and doing extra work at weekends.
He said: “The other day my wife and I were coming back on the Central line and I got off at Snaresbrook and walked back to Theydon Bois.”
The intrepid fundraiser has no idea how far he will be walking but said that the route was very hilly and some days he would be walking for seven hours.
As well as volunteering at St Clare, Mr Woodward draws on his own experience to advise on how the hospice can assist the patients’ carers in order to support families.
To support Mr Woodward visit http://www.justgiving.com/Paul-K-Woodward
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