Duo take on unique Chinese mission in memory of ex-MP

James and Gary Evans'China fundraiser
James and Gary Evans'China fundraiser

Hockliffe residents Gary and James Evans, will set off for China on Sunday, together with 13 team-mates, to complete a never before attempted challenge for the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

The challenge will see them complete two half marathons, 155km cycling and two days trekking on the Great Wall of China over six days. For the grand finale the team will cross the finish line in the Beijing Olympic Stadium.

The father and son duo, of Church End, decided to take on the immense challenge in honour of Gary’s late father, former MP David Evans, who died from the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2008.

Having witnessed the lack of awareness, knowledge, treatment and care available for him, father and son decided to join Gary’s sister Amanda Evans, who organised the event, with a view to raise much needed funds for IPF research for the BLF. The team have already raised £20,000.

Talking about this new challenge, Gary said: “My father really was an inspirational man who was taken too soon by a condition that we still know so little about. This challenge will be a chance for us to not only honour our father’s memory, but also help raise awareness of IPF for the thousands of families whose lives are affected by it.”

James added: “Being in China with my dad and my aunt taking on this challenge will really feel like the ultimate tribute to my granddad.

“I’m really proud to be a part of this and to be working to raise funds for such a good cause. I want to help families like mine who are affected by this terrible disease and if that means spending six days on the Great Wall then bring it on!”

You can sponsor them at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ExclusiveChinachallenge.