A MOTHER and daughter are preparing to swap their high heels for hiking boots to take part in a charity trek in aid of war veterans.
Jane Venus-Lyon and mum Gwyn are to trek along the largest man-made structure on the planet – the Great Wall of China.
The pair are hoping to raise £6,000 for the military charity Help For Heroes.
The mother-and-daughter team chose to support the forces charity because several friends and relatives of theirs are among the many soldiers from the north east currently serving in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Jane, 27, of Seghill, said: “I’m very close to my mum, and she’s very fit, so I know we can support each other through it.
“We were inspired by my brother, who is currently in training for a marathon, and China is the perfect setting to do something as amazing and challenging as this.
“It will be tough to fit the training in as my business seems to get busier by the week, but I’m sure the challenge will be worthwhile once we have raised the funds for such a worthy cause.”
Jane and Gwyn, from Darras Hall near Ponteland, have been preparing for the challenge by taking part in long walks in the Lake District and also hitting the gym three times a week.
As part of the five-day trek – which sees them leave the UK on May 13 and return on May 21 – they will conquer the infamous 1,000 steps at Mutinayu, dubbed the ‘Heavenly Ladder’, while walking on average of eight hours a day.
The trek has been organised by Cramlington-based events management company Running In Heels, which was set up by Jane and her business partner Rebecca Wilson in 2009.
The Great Wall of China is the world’s largest manmade structure, originally built to protect the northern borders of the Chinese empire in the 5th Century.
It is around 5,500 miles long and as a maximum width of 9.1m or 30ft.
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