John Gregson, retired headteacher of Holy Rood School in Barnsley, has been busy raising money for Barnsley Hospice.

So far the total stands at over £1,500 and recently John spent 7 days on an organised trek on the Great Wall of China to raise more.

He was accompanied by his wife and youngest daughter, and also Louise Mullany who was deputy head at Holy Rood School until she retired last year.

  They did 130,000 steps and over 1,300 flights of steps – so steep in places that they were using their hands to climb up!  The wall itself is over 5,000 miles long and John visited three sections of it, staying in Chinese homesteads – very basic but with excellent Chinese food every night.