Grantham pals hit the gym for Great Wall of China test

Julie North and Louise Cooper in training for their Great Wall of China trek.
Julie North and Louise Cooper in training for their Great Wall of China trek.
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Two Grantham friends are in serious training in the gym ready to take on a trek along the Great Wall of China for charity.

Julie North and Louise Cooper are raising pledges totalling £7,000 and getting fit in preparation for the trek in October. Julie, 55, a freelance social worker, and her friend from schooldays Louise, 54, a teacher, will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Julie said: “Since we committed ourselves to trekking The Great Wall of China, Louise and I have been making efforts to lose weight by increasing our general exercise and eating sensibly. We have also spent time organising fund-raising events, for example, we held a stall on the Grantham Christmas Market.”

Louise and Julie are both members of The Health Club at The Ramada Resort in Marston and they have been supported by manager Claire and her team who have encouraged them and contributed to the fund-raising.

Claire said: “We have never had members participating in an event like this before. We are pleased to assist them with their training and help them to raise as much money as possible for a cause that affects so many people these days.”

Julie and Louise have now hit the gym seriously for the first time in years. A programme has been specifically designed by health club assistant Will, who said: “I have started Julie and Louise on a fairly basic routine, but as their baseline statistics improve, the complexity and difficulty of their work in the gym will increase. What is important is that they develop their stamina and their core and leg muscles to enable them to cope with the terrain they will face in China. It is achievable – but it is a challenge for Julie and Louise. They have some hard work to do!”

The friends have raised almost £1,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society in the last three months.

If you would like to support them you can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/teams/chineseadventure