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29th November 2016

Hewitsons lawyer raises £5,300 for Alzheimer's Society in Great Wall of China Trek

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A Hewitsons lawyer has raised over £5,300 for charity by completing a gruelling six-day trek along the Great Wall of China.

Amy Wallhead, based in the Private Wealth team of Hewitsons, trekked over 80km of steep inclines and narrow rubble paths for Alzheimer’s Society in October.

Together with 50 others, the 36-year-old successfully completed the challenge and smashed her original fundraising target of £4,000. In total, the group raised around £200,000 for the charity to put towards its dementia research and support services.

Amy commented: “It was pretty tough. Parts of the path were pretty narrow with sheer drops either side. There were three or four days when we didn’t see another soul. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Through the whole experience it was the team that kept me going, along with knowing our efforts were helping a great cause.”

In August, Hewitsons was recognised as a member of the Cambridge City Dementia Action Alliance (CCDAA), a network of businesses, organisations and individuals set up in May 2016. CCDAA members are committed to improving the lives of local people affected by dementia by undertaking initiatives such as increasing staff awareness, reviewing staff policies and creating better signage.

Amy, a Dementia Friends Champion for over 18 months, has successfully run a series of Dementia Friends sessions for the general public and colleagues, and is planning on holding further sessions in the future. In addition, she had previously held fundraising bake sales for Alzheimer’s Society at one of Hewitsons’ four offices.

The private wealth lawyer, who has been with Hewitsons since 2007, was inspired to help the cause after working with several clients suffering from dementia.

She said: “Hewitsons sponsored me for the trek and I’ve had lots of support from clients and colleagues, which has been really great.”

Colin Jones, Managing Partner of Hewitsons, said: “What Amy has achieved and the amount she’s raised is incredibly impressive. We are committed to supporting all members of the Hewitsons team, and this important cause that Amy has worked so hard for.”

For more information on Amy's fundraising, or if you would like to make a donation for Alzheimer's Society, please visit her Just Giving page here.

Amy Wallhead on Great Wall