Clitheroe pair to walk the Great Wall of China

George and Andrew Blenkinship, who will trek the Great Wall of China to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance.
George and Andrew Blenkinship, who will trek the Great Wall of China to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance.

Father and son George and Andrew Blenkinship are all set to take part in North West Air Ambulance’s first overseas challenge to the Great Wall of China.

George, of West Bradford, and Andrew, of Clitheroe, will be travelling out to China on March 26th, which is Andrew’s birthday, and will have six days’ trekking in breathtaking scenery, through watchtowers and battlements along the Great Wall.

They will lend a hand on one day repairing the wall on a watchtower, and are hoping to conquer the 1,000 steps of Mutinayu – certainly not for the faint-hearted!

The North West Air Ambulance is a charity and it costs nearly £4m. a year to keep flying. Every day of the year, it operates rescue helicopters, medically equipped and carrying trained paramedics, to attend to people with life-threatening injuries or illnesses.

The service is particularly vital in large rural areas such as Ribble Valley, where a casualty in urgent need of medical care might be many miles from the nearest help by land. The air ambulance can access all areas, and the maximum flying time to the nearest hospital from anywhere in its coverage area is just 10 minutes.

Between them, George and Andrew have raised more than £5,000 for North West Air Ambulance through sponsorship and various events.

George and his wife Sally raised funds by cycling from Vienna to Prague last October. Andrew said: “We are both looking forward to the challenge and have been training hard for it.

“We are particularly pleased to be raising funds for such a worthwhile cause as North West Air Ambulance.”

You can donate online at: www.justgiving.com/andrew-blenkinship