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Worthing resident, Mark Juby, has registered to take part in the Great Wall of China Challenge, raising vital funds for St Barnabas House who cared for his father. To prepare for the thousands of steps that await him, Mark has a devised a unique training programme.
Mark said: “From 17 to 25 October 2020, I will join a group of 50 brave souls who will be trekking for five days along the Great Wall of China, navigating thousands of steps on the way. At the age of 67, I will be one of the oldest taking part.
“I live in a bungalow, so the number of steps on the challenge is a little concerning. To train for it, I am undertaking the ‘3 car park challenge’! Every week, I will walk up and down all the stairs in the High Street, Buckingham Road and Grafton Road car parks. That’s around a total of 500 steps. The frequency will increase as the trek approaches.”
When Mark isn’t training, he is busy fundraising and has set himself the target of raising £3,000, which he says, “will allow others to continue to benefit from the same amazing hospice care my father received”. If Mark hits his target, he will have raised enough to pay for over 13 days of Day Hospice care for a patient like his father.
Mark’s father, William Juby, had a long fight with prostate cancer. Mark said: “He attended the St Barnabas House Day Hospice for many months towards the end of his life and really enjoyed the social aspect, particularly the arts and craft activities. When he became very ill in 2009, he was cared for with great compassion at the hospice, providing welcome relief to my mother who had nursed him up to that time.”
If you have been inspired by Mark’s story and would like to join the team of St Barnabas trekkers in October 2020, you can find out more or request a brochure by visiting www.stbh.org.uk/china or calling 01903 706354.