Teen’s charity trek along the Great Wall

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:46 08 December 2010

Teenager Kieran Bird on the Great Wall of China

Teenager Kieran Bird on the Great Wall of China


A TEENAGER from East Huntspill has returned from a trekking along China’s Great Wall having raised £3,000 for charity.

And 18-year-old Kieran Bird, who undertook his amazing journey for Somerset charity St Margaret’s Hospice, is already planning his next adventure.

Kieran was the youngest of 60 walkers who had been working for the past year to raise funds for the once-in-a-lifetime trip, which saw them trekking for over 50 miles along the famous landmark.

Of the five day journey, he said: “It was definitely worth the year of fund-raising and training. I’d recommend doing something like that to anyone who wants to do something different with their lives.

“My nan pointed out to me that St Margaret’s were doing it, and I’ve always wanted to do it. We were doing all kinds of fund-raising events like jumble sales and car boots from January to August, and then training up until October.”

Kieran, who is studying car mechanics at Bridgwater College, added: “After the first three days of walking our legs were really aching and our muscles started to cramp, but by the fourth day we had gotten used to it and then we had the journey home, which was more tiring.”

And the intrepid Kieran has already started planning his next charity adventure, as he and a friend plan to travel by bike across the length of Britain.

He said: “Next year a friend and I are going to do a separate charity event, we’re going to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

“We’re probably going to be doing it for St Margaret’s again, and we’re going to start training for it after Christmas.”

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