A HUDDERSFIELD hospice worker is gearing up for a charity trek along the Great Wall of China.

Jean Kruger, of Thongsbridge, teaches art and gives aromatherapy to day care patients at Kirkwood Hospice, Dalton.

She has raised cash for the hospice in the past by sky- diving, abseiling and hot-air ballooning.

For her latest challenge, Jean, 51, has decided to walk 70 miles of the Great Wall of China.

The trip is being arranged by International Hospice Challenge, a London-based organisation.

Jean will jet off to China in October next year for her nine-day trip to the 1,500-mile wall.

Seven of those days will be spent trekking with other fundraisers from around the UK.

Before she can fly away, Jean must raise at least £2,500 to make sure some money goes to the hospice after accommodation, travel and food costs are deducted.

However, she is hoping to raise more than that and has put in £400 herself to kick start the fund.

Jean has also contacted local companies to ask for sponsorship. She said: "I want to raise as much as possible so the hospice gets more. I would hate for the money to go on costs."

It will be Jean's first trip to China and she is already in training - pedalling the exercise bike, walking the dog and walking to work.

She said: "I am really looking forward to the challenge. I love challenges and if I get an idea in my head I just have to go for it."

Anyone who would like to sponsor Jean can contact her at the hospice by phoning 01484 557900.

Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to Kirkwood Hospice and sent to the hospice at 21 Albany Road, Dalton.