What’s it like preparing for a fundraising walk for St Andrew’s Hospice?

It all depends on what the fundraising is, of course! In this instance we’re prepping to go to China to trek on the Great Wall for the best part of a week.

So, what’s involved in getting ready to trek the Great Wall of China for St Andrew’s Hospice?

Well, for most of us it requires a degree of organisation. For starters, you have to apply for a visa.

If you haven’t sorted out your visa application by this point before a trek, you better get yourself in gear!

And remember, you need to send your passport and include a passport sized photo.

What else is involved?

Paper work asides, it’s also time for injections. Yes, you need to be vaccinated before you travel to China to trek the Great Wall. Hate needles? Bite the bullet, a wee jag in the arm is better than the nasty diseases the vaccinations will protect you against.

What are you going to need to be vaccinated against?

The expert will be the practice nurse at your doctors’ surgery, so make an appointment to see her and she’ll sort you out. You may also want to check out this handy website produced by the Scottish NHS.

But you’ll probably be looking at getting the following:

  • hepatitis A
  • poliomyelitis
  • tetanus
  • typhoid
  • hepatitis B

However, as mentioned above, don’t take our word for it; please consult your local surgery!

What other physical preparations are needed before taking part in this trek?

You need to be in reasonable shape. While each day’s walk isn’t terribly long (roughly 20-25km at the longest), they are arduous.

After all, have you seen the Great Wall of China?


The wall doesn’t go around the mountains; it goes over them.

Therefore, if you haven’t already started your training walks, get your backside in gear! Be sure to join us this Saturday for our forthcoming training walk, departing from the Drover’s Inn, Loch Lomond-side, at 9am sharp.

This won’t be our first training walk. Check this post here for photos from our last one!

If you’re taking part in the Great Wall of China Trek for St Andrew’s Hospice, then be sure to share this blog post. And if you’re talking about it on Twitter, please use #standrewstrek.

If you’d like to donate to the hospice, please visit this Just Giving Page.

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