GWOC launch

TWENTY-TWO brave volunteers are set to tackle the Great Wall of China in aid of The Albion Foundation.

To donate towards their 60-mile trek, please click here.

The challenge will contain a series of vigorous inclines and over 10,000 steps, following the winding path along the Yan Mountains, either side of the Gubeikou Gateway.

Trustee for the Foundation, Brendon Batson will be lacing up his walking boots for the challenge and is looking forward to what's in store.

"I've done other things but I don't think I've walked seven hours for eight days, so whilst I'm looking forward to it, I hope the body will hold up.

"The work the Foundation does is fantastic.

They're recognised as one of the best Foundations in the game at the moment, they do fantastic work. "It's a pleasure to try and support them."

Cyrille Regis had planned to tackle the Great Wall alongside Brendon, before his passing in January.

"It's very much in our minds, big Cyrille, not being with us. It's still such a shock.

"It'll be 40 years since I was in China and first went on the Great Wall, so there's a lot of reasons why I'm looking forward to it.

"This is just another challenge – it's a big one and I'm looking forward to it."

Along with Brendon, the travelling party will include Michelle and Julia Regis, with half of their funds going to the Foundation and the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust.

To find out how Julia's feeling ahead of the big event, click here.

'Blind Dave' Heeley will be joined by his family on the trip and is excited to have his loved ones by his side.

"To have them on board is going to be a real adventure for us all, it's going to be brilliant. 

"I'm not leaving them at home anymore, I'm not saying 'ta-ra', they're coming with us!"

To find out how you can raise funds for the Foundation, please email

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