Team Vaughan is on top of the world

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FORMER England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has been doing his bit to raise money for poorly children in Sheffield - by trekking hundreds of miles across the ancient Great Wall of China.

Michael travelled to the Far East along with his wife Nichola and a team of family and friends to raise £250,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The seven-day journey saw the ex-England cricket star fly to Beijing to walk both old and restored sections of the Great Wall, and the challenge has already raked in more than £120,000.

The cash will be used to buy a state-of-the-art surgical navigation system for the hospital, which will help medics carry out shorter, more accurate operations, leading to faster recovery times for the hospital’s young patients.

Michael, who grew up in Sheffield and lives in Baslow, said the walk was an ‘amazing experience’.

“It was hot and dry and we were all out of our comfort zones. Some of the facilities were pretty basic!”

“It wasn’t just about the wall though – we flew half way around the world to a country with a completely different culture, it was an amazing experience.

“The scenery was absolutely stunning, some of it felt like we were on the top of the world.

“I’m just so proud to have been able to raise the profile of the hospital as well as a huge amount of cash.”

Charity fundraiser Cheryl Ridge who also took part said: “My funniest moment was when I saw Michael trying to butter his toast with a chopstick!”

Visit www.justgiving.com/m-p-vaughan to make a donation or log on to www.tchc.org.uk/china-trek for more information.