Nicole swaps tasty treats for training

Published on: 29 Jan 2018


A LOCAL woman has had a lifestyle change for 2018 in preparation for a trek on the Great Wall of China.

Nicole Beebee, 43, from Winterbourne, is taking part in the challenge in September  in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

Nicole said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. Normally my weekends consist of a takeaway, box of maltesers, glass of prosecco and a film. Now I’m up early, clear headed and out for a run – my friends are all shocked and impressed in equal measures!”

Since New Year Nicole has embarked on a healthy eating routine to get her ready for the trek. She’s also going on regular walks, has been doing ‘dry January’, and has started the ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge to improve her fitness levels.

So what prompted this drastic decision? Nicole said: “The Great Wall of China is one of those bucket-list adventures. It’s not every day you get to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World,  and this is a great way to do something amazing while raising money for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and helping to save lives.”

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) provides the air ambulance and critical care service across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. It operates 365 days a year from its helicopter or critical care car, providing a life-saving service to 2.1 million people, and ensuring a specialist critical care doctor and paramedic are on the scene as fast as possible.

The team forms part of the emergency service. In 2017 it attended 1,824 jobs by helicopter or critical care car. On average this is five missions per day, yet it receives no day-to-day funding from the Government, relying on fundraising and donations to raise the £3 million a year it needs.

The charity still has places to fill on the trek. Further information can be found on its website:

Nicole continued: “I feel very excited to take part in this amazing experience. China is a fantastic country and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the culture. We have a really friendly group going and I’d love for you to come and join us! I’d say to anyone thinking about taking the plunge – go for it! You only live once so make it count, plus you’ll be saving lives with Great Western Air Ambulance Charity too.”



For more information about joining the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity China Trek 2018 visit


You can also sponsor Nicole at

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