A nurse from Yorkshire has just returned from a 10,000 mile round trip to walk along China’s iconic Great Wall to raise money for Changing Faces.
Tracey Goldsbrough, a clinical nurse specialist from Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, raised more than £7,000 for Changing Faces, having decided to raise money for them after coming into contact with their staff when she worked at York District Hospital.
I’ve seen first hand how effective and important the work of Changing Faces can be. 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 from Harrogate, who made the epic journey in aid of Marie Curie, with whom she’s worked in her role as a breast clinical nurse specialist at YDH. Tracey raised more than £7,000 for their vital services.
I had known about Marie Curie for many years and had encountered them on numerous occasions within a professional capacity. 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 sixty mile trek took six days, and Tracey and Jackie were accompanied on their journey by more than twenty other people from the UK, many raising money for charity.
Cat Ross, Changing Faces’ manager in Yorkshire & The Humber, paid tribute to Tracey and Jackie’s dedication and effort:
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. Every penny Tracey has 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 has taken on this challenge raising money for our local Marie Curie nursing service. What Jackie has achieved is incredibly inspiring and the amazing amount that she has 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 her efforts and enthusiasm and it has been a pleasure to be a part of her journey.
The pair are hoping to raise more than £20,000 for their charities with a series of fundraising events.