A woman from Rickmansworth is taking on the Great Wall of China trek to add to the thousands she’s raised for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.
Born in Scotland, Donna Raine moved to Rickmansworth 17 years ago.
She said: “I had a mid-life crisis nearly three years ago and decided to do something different.
“That’s when I came across challenges on the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance website. So far, I’ve done the ‘Trek Tanzania’ and ‘The Alps’, which was three countries in three days.
“I have arranged a lot of charity events including a bingo night, race night, psychic night, an 80’s disco and many quizzes over the years. I’ve also been getting match worn Watford FC shirts which I then auction off.”
Rickmansworth residents from the RCCG Facebook group were eager to praise Donna for her selflessness and kindness by branding her “amazing”.
Amongst the positive online comments, Donna’s boyfriend, Suren Vis, wrote: “She’s going on a trek to the Great Wall of China and will reach her target of £3,300 for this year and a grand total of £13,000 raised for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. What an absolutely amazing achievement.”
Donna said: “’Walk the Wall’ will be very challenging as we will be trekking for five days and we will be helping to rebuild it so we will be allowed to put some memorabilia in between our bricks.
“It’s going to be tough, but the trekkers keep each other going. I’ve made some life-long friends doing this.
“It costs nothing to be nice to each other and manners especially are free. We need to be respectful towards each other and it would be nice to treat others the way we’d want ourselves and our families to be treated.
“We need to be role models for future generations.”
To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/donna-raine3