Farm girls to take on Great Wall

Epic China trek will raise money for new facilities at Barnstaple hospital

FOUR farmers’ daughters are leaving rural North Devon behind to take on an epic nine-day charity trek along the Great Wall of China.

Nicki Bellew and Felicity Reid, both 25, and 21-year-old twins Heather and Georgina Smoldon will be pushing their boundaries to the limits, when they hike from Badaling to Mutianyu in aid of the Northern Devon Healthcare Charitable Fund.

The money they raise will go towards a new chemotherapy unit and the Special Care Baby Unit at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

To boost their cause, the girls have organised a number of fund-raising events around North Devon throughout the coming months – including a horse manure sale!

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Other events will include coffee mornings, quiz nights, ferret racing, auctions and a summer ball, taking place at The Durrant House Hotel on August 20.

Nicki said: “As farmers’ daughters, our first success at fund-raising has been by advertising the manure. With some invaluable help, we were able to dig, bag and sell the horse dung.

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“But we have many more innovative fund-raising ideas tucked up our sleeves; now all we need is the support of people in North Devon to help us raise the money so badly needed for these two invaluable and life changing services.”

Tickets for the summer ball cost �30, including a three-course meal and live music. A pledges auction will also be held on the evening with donated items including holidays, golf passes, extreme watersport vouchers and gardening services.

For tickets or a more detailed events listing, email Nicki on or telephone Felicity on 07814 520357 or (01271) 858546.

To sponsor the girls, visit their Just Giving webpage at

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