A Harrogate finance director will be swapping her calculator and spreadsheet for hiking boots and walking socks, as she aims to undertake a gruelling trek along China’s Great Wall.
Linda Shreeve, who works for The Yorkshire Linen Co, is undertaking the challenge in aid of Bliss, a charity which supports premature babies and their families, after her colleague’s son was born at just 28 weeks.
Dan Kilvington’s son Scott weighed less than 2lbs when he was born in December 2012.
Dan and Scott’s mum, Kelly Chapman spent the first two months of his life in Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“He was tiny, the size of a pair of scissors, I was so scared when I saw him go past on the trolley in the surgery room, he was just so little, ” said Dan.
“It was definitely a nerve wracking time.”
Scott then spent another month in Leeds General Infirmary before being transferred to Harrogate District Hospital.
Now eight months old, Scott is at home with his parents in Harrogate and weighs 12lb 14 oz.
Linda said: “Every year The Yorkshire Linen Co supports a local charity, but, because of Scott, we decided this time we would back Bliss, which is a national charity.
“I have set myself a target to raise £10,000 and, thanks to the support and generosity of colleagues, family and friends, I’ve already raised £6,000.
“Compared to the trek, which will see us walking between five and seven hours a day, that will be the easy part!
“I am looking forward to the challenge very much, albeit with some trepidation. Over the last few months I’ve been walking daily and training hard at the gym to help prepare me for what lies ahead.”
Linda added: “I’m delighted to say that thanks to the wonderful care of the hospitals, and the support of Bliss, Scott is doing fine.
“The money I raise will be used to help support babies and parents just like Scott, Dan and Kelly.”
Anyone wishing to support Linda can do so by visiting her Virgin Money Giving page at; https/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/lindashreeve