Great Wall of China trekkers

Tracey Goldsbrough and  Jackie Frazer clinical nurse specialists from Pateley Bridge and  Harrogate  have raised over �14,000 for Changing Faces and Marie Curie by trekking part of the Great Wall of China. (S)

Tracey Goldsbrough and Jackie Frazer clinical nurse specialists from Pateley Bridge and Harrogate have raised over �14,000 for Changing Faces and Marie Curie by trekking part of the Great Wall of China. (S)

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Clinical nurse specialists Tracey Goldsbrough and Jackie Frazer are strolling their way to raising over £20,000 for charity.

The friend from Pateley Bridge and Harrogate have gathered in over £14,000 for Changing Faces and Marie Curie by trekking 60 miles along the Great Wall of China.

“I’ve seen first hand how effective and important the work of Changing Faces can be,” said Tracey.

“The help and support they provide to adults, parents and children with disfigurements really makes a difference to hundreds of lives every year. I’m so pleased to be able to contribute to their work by fundraising like this.”

Tracey was accompanied by her friend Jackie Frazer, who made the epic journey in aid of Marie Curie, with whom she’s worked in her role as a breast clinical nurse specialist.

“I had known about Marie Curie for many years and had encountered them on numerous occasions within a professional capacity,” said Jackie. “However, it was not until my family and I had need of their help that I truly appreciated their valuable contribution to an emotional and difficult end of life situation. Marie Curie offered a compassionate and honest service at a time of great difficulty.”

The 60-mile trek took six days, and Tracey and Jackie were accompanied by more than 20 other people from the UK, many raising money for charity.

Cat Ross, Changing Faces’ manager in Yorkshire and The Humber, paid tribute to Tracey and Jackie: “Our services rely on the hard work and generosity of hundreds of fundraisers all year round, but this is the first time anyone has travelled almost five thousand miles for us,” she said.

“Every penny Tracey and Jackie have raised will go towards our work supporting people across the region who are living with a visible difference.”

Kyla Collins, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, said: “We are so delighted that Jackie and Tracey have taken on this challenge raising money for our local Marie Curie nursing service.

“What they have achieved is incredibly inspiring and the amazing amount that they have raised will allow us to provide care and support for patients and families living with a terminal illness.

“We are very thankful for all of their efforts and enthusiasm and it has been a pleasure to be a part of their journey.”

The pair are hoping to raise more than £20,000 for their charities with a series of fundraising events and would like to thank the local people of Harrogate and particularly Pateley Bridge for their ongoing support and generosity.