BP trekkers tackle the Great Wall of China

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This autumn an intrepid team of 31 BP employees (plus RedR’s own Ajla Nebi) took on six days of strenuous ascents and spectacular scenery following the world’s longest man-made structure. Their fantastic fundraising efforts have collected over £80,000 to date!

The money raised will support RedR’s essential humanitarian training programme, providing life-saving skills to disaster relief workers across the globe. From earthquake-resilient construction techniques to water and sanitation management, RedR equips local communities and international aid workers to respond effectively in times of crisis.

The trekkers were a diverse group, coming together from the UK, the US, Azerbaijan, India and even China itself, and from across different BP departments. From 23rd October to 1st November, this motley crew were put through their paces, climbing up and down hundreds of steps. Gruelling ascents were rewarded by stunning views over miles of amazing scenery, thanks to the clear, crisp weather. The final surprise twist was the toboggan slide used to get down at the end!

"It was an amazing opportunity to meet others from BP and a chance to see the Great Wall"

After their monumental trek, the team had a chance to relax and experience Chinese culture in Beijing. They celebrated their achievement with a group meal out, and visited historical highlights including the Forbidden City, the iconic Tiananmen Square and a local silk factory. All of this was topped off with an impressive Kung Fu show.

The trekkers also had the opportunity to find out more about RedR through a hands-on Disaster Relief Challenge activity. This helped them gain an understanding of the complexities of disaster response, as well as honing their teamwork skills.

Donald Campbell-Brown, Upstream Engineering Authority at BP, said:

 “The  trek was a fantastic opportunity to get up close to this awe-inspiring feat of engineering, to make connections that will last a lifetime and to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of our Chinese hosts.

It was humbling to stand on sections of the wall that were put in place hundreds of years ago to address a humanitarian threat from an invading army, and great to contribute through our fund-raising efforts to the incredible work done by RedR every day in building resilience to humanitarian disasters.”

Congratulations to everyone who took on this once-in-a-lifetime challenge! RedR is hugely appreciative of your support, which will make a real impact where help is most urgently needed.

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  • Learn more about developing a corporate partnership with RedR
  • Sign up for overseas challenge events including treks and cycles