Young Citizen - Essex girl leaves glamour behind for the Great Wall of China

A self-proclaimed Essex girl is taking on the Great Wall of China in a bid to raise money for an Arthritis charity.

Madeleine Cameron likes life’s little luxuries like getting her hair and nails done, but for 10 days she will be slogging it out walking for up to nine hours a day.

The 21-year-old of Queen Mary’s Gate, Queen Mary Avenue, who works in publishing, is going on the 10 day trek in April, but has to raise �3,000 by February.

Miss Cameron said: “It will be a huge culture shock for me, especially from all the make-up, hair extensions and glamour I’m used to in Essex. It’s the first time I’ve been away alone without my family or friends.”


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She will be walking along the wall with 11 other people she has never met who are all raising money for Arthritis Research UK.

Miss Cameron said she wanted to do something to help her dad who suffers from psoriatic arthritis.

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Her efforts have seen her nominated for the Exchange Ilford-sponsored Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge to what I’m used to,” she said, “I think I’m going to be taken out of my Essex bubble.”

Although she only signed up in October for the challenge, she has already raised �2,535 and held a fundraising evening at Chigwell School, Chigwell last month.

She said: “We had lots of local talent performing, bar and food and an auction and raised �1,500.”

She said when she told her parents what she intended to do, they were surprised but have helped her towards achieving her target.

Miss Cameron added: “My dad’s really proud. I’m going to enjoy Christmas and then start training in January.”

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