From Lady Bay to the Great Wall of China

31 Jul 2018
by Victoria Harrison

Walking enthusiast Marie Smith of Lady Bay will take on a huge physical test in September by trekking the Great Wall of China Challenge.

She takes on this gruelling six day task in the name of homelessness and is fundraising for local charity Framework.

Marie has been working hard to raise sponsorship and has involved colleagues at her workplace Cooper Parry, Business Advisors, in a multitude of fun and imaginative events such as bake sales, race nights, foreign coin collections and a quality online raffle. (Details of how to enter follow.)

Marie Smith

After visiting her local Framework project, supporting young homeless people in Lady Bay, Marie said:

“Having nowhere to sleep and no home to go to must be a terrifying prospect, and something I feel passionate about stopping. The trek takes place over 6 days, walking over watchtowers, battlements, up and down thousands of steps, it will be a difficult task but I want to complete this journey so that I can help others on theirs towards independence. Thanks to all those who have supported me already and anyone else who can help me closer to my fundraising goal. I know remembering your donations and words of encouragement will spur me on during difficult moments.”

Tori Harrison of Framework has been working closely with Marie and said:

“Everyone at Framework is immensely proud of Marie’s efforts. She has worked tirelessly over months to train and create fundraising opportunities. It’s brilliant that Marie has taken the time to meet people in our Lady Bay project. In all my time at Framework I haven’t encountered anyone take on the Great Wall and we are all so grateful.

The raffle includes a designer Mulberry purse as top prize and single tickets are just £2. Other prizes include dinner and drinks and shopping vouchers. The raffle closes on Thursday August, 2. Before then tickets can be bought online at

Supporters of Marie’s efforts can help her and Framework reach her £3,000 fundraising target by donating at

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