Cricket legend’s Great Wall of China trek for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Fundraiser: Michael Vaughan.

Fundraiser: Michael Vaughan.

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FORMER England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has organised a trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Michael, aged 36, played for Yorkshire before he captained the England cricket team in 51 tests between 2003 and 2008, leading them to Ashes glory in 2005.

He grew up in Sheffield from the age of nine now lives in Baslow, Derbyshire.

Michael is a patron of the Children’s Hospital, and has organised the trek with his wife, Nichola, in an effort to raise the £250,000 needed to buy pioneering surgical equipment for the hospital’s operating theatres.

Another 20 people will be joining Michael and Nichola on the trip, trekking from Gubeiko to Mutianyu in the mountains and remote areas of Beijing. Among them will be Sheffield Collegiate skipper Matthew Dixon.

The new equipment could shorten operating times, improve accuracy, reduce the invasiveness of surgical procedures, reduce the risk of complications and thus help speed recovery times.

Michael said: “We are really excited about taking on the trek and to be supporting one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. As a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity I have met some of the bravest, most courageous children I know at the hospital and I am really motivated to raise as much as possible through this challenge.”

Matthew said the trek was for an excellent local cause.

The fundraisers will be heading to China from September 17 to 23.

* Go to www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Dixon0 or www.justgiving.com/m-p-vaughan to donate online, or text MATT70 and the amount you wish to pledge to 70070. Text messages are free.

Visit the China trek website at www.tchc.org.uk/china-trek to find out more.

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