A MOTHER and daughter are preparing to swap their high heels for hiking boots in a charity trek for war heroes and veterans.
Jane Venus-Lyon and her mother Gwyn, both from Darras Hall, are to trek along the largest manmade structure on the planet — The Great Wall of China.
And the pair hope to raise £6,000 for Help for Heroes, which provides support for service personnel injured in conflict.
The mother-and-daughter team chose to support the forces’ charity because they have several friends and family members who have served in Afghanistan, and also in light of the large number of soldiers from the north east currently posted overseas.
Jane, 27, who now lives in 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 have been preparing by taking long walks in the Lake District and hitting the gym three times a week.
As part of the five-day trek in May they will conquer the infamous 1,000 steps at Mutinayu and walk an 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.
The Great Wall of China is around 5,500 miles long and has a maximum width of 9.1m or 30ft.
For more information on the charity trek, or to make a donation, visit www.bmycharity.com/janeandgwyn