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Karen joins TV favourites to launch
the women’s Great Walk of China

On the 31 January, Josie Lawrence and Charlie Dimmock used the start of the Chinese New Year to encourage women to sign up for the Women’s Great Walk of China – the longest, first ever all-female walk of the Great Wall of China. Josie and Charlie joined Karen Churches and Máire Hanley, the two women walking the entire length of the Great Wall, at the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park.

Karen Churches, Product Licensing and Creative Manager at the Kennel Club, will be resigning from her job in April to fulfil her lifelong dream to walk the Great Wall. Karen, Máire, Josie and Charlie are hoping that hundreds of women will join them en route, for periods of 10-15 days throughout the seven month trek. Women of all ages and levels of fitness can join the Women’s Great Walk of China because the trek will take walkers through a range of terrains and climates. Everyone that commits to taking part in the walk will not only be making history but will also make a massive difference to breast cancer research - as Breakthrough aims to raise over £1 million for its breast cancer research programme from this expedition.

The Women’s Great Walk of China will start in April 2003 at Yumenguan in the Gobi Desert and end at the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast, 7 months and 4,000 km later. Each woman participating will be asked to raise a minimum of £2,650 in sponsorship for Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s vital programme of research at the UK’s first dedicated breast cancer research centre.

For more information on the Women’s Great Walk of China either call 020 8557 0000 or log onto or visit the Breakthrough Breast Cancer stand (3-54) at Crufts on the 6 – 9 March 2003..