Michael Vaughan on charity trek of Great Wall of China

Michael Vaughan South Yorkshire cricketer Michael Vaughan retired from the game in August 2008

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A former England cricket captain has left to trek along the Great Wall of China in an effort to raise a quarter of a million pounds for charity.

Michael Vaughan, who has also played for South Yorkshire, is raising money for the Sheffield Children's Hospital.

He has been a patron at the hospital for 10 years and is hoping to raise £250,000 for a state-of-the-art piece of equipment for the hospital.

He said he had been "motivated" by the young patients to raise the funds.

"I am really excited about taking on the Great Wall of China Trek and to be supporting one of the world's best children's hospitals," he said.

"I have met some some of the bravest most courageous children I know at the hospital and I am really motivated to raise as much money as possible through this challenge."

Mr Vaughan, who lives near Sheffield, will be travelling with his wife, Nicola, who thought of the idea, alongside 20 other friends and family.

The journey, which will take seven days, will take the group along the Huangyaguan hills, north west of Beijing following the hills and mountains, leading them on to Heaven's Ladder which is a steep climb of more than 200 steps.

The money raised will provide a piece of equipment which surgeons will use for brain, spinal, ear, nose and throat operations which they say will lead to shortened operation times and improve accuracy, leading to a faster recovery.

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