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Walking to the wall for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:50 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

A MENTAL health worker will walk the Great Wall of China in eight days to raise money for a fostering charity. Venu Rajagopal, of

A MENTAL health worker will walk the Great Wall of China in eight days to raise money for a fostering charity.

Venu Rajagopal, of Moore Close, Dartford, is taking part in the China Challenge 2010, which will see 30 people walk 60 kilometres of the wall for the Fostering Network charity, from October 22 to 31.

The 57-year-old, who has worked as a nurse at the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services for people across Bromley, Greenwich and Bexley, for the past 34 years, has two children who have left home but has taken on two foster children in the last two years.

He said: " I chose the Great Wall of China because it's a childhood interest of mine - I have always wanted to visit it. It is one of the seven wonders of the world!

"I didn't want to just go as a tourist - I think it'll be a different experience this way."

He said he has stepped up his normal jogging and other exercise routines to about one hour a day in the week and a few hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

He added: "I have fostered two children myself and the network provides a lot of support, training and guidance for families who do fostering. It is vital that we raise the standard of foster care and help families develop a high quality of care."

The group will walk seven hours a day for eight days on and around the wall and will also visit remote villages.

Group members must raise a minimum of £2,850 to take part in the challenge. To sponsor Mr Rajagopal visit www.justgiving.com/venurajagopal.

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