Jake, 34, is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for breast cancer charity Coppafeel as he takes on a trek across the world’s most famous wall with other fund-raisers and members of the pop band Union J – who appeared on the X Factor in 2012.
The feat is being backed by the Sun newspaper, which ran a competition for people to earn a place on the trek, with Jake’s entry chosen from among the hundreds of applications received.
Jake, the owner of marketing firm Soopa Doopa Branding Ltd, said he was inspired to take part in the challenge by his late grandparents, of which three died of cancer, and his brother Josh – who also raised funds for charity before taking part in a trek across the Simpson Desert, Australia before his death in a road accident in 2011.
Jake said: “I’ve never been to China before so I am sure it will be a great experience and it’s for a great cause as well. My family has been greatly affected by cancer and it was something I wanted to do for them as well as my brother, who also raised a lot of money trekking across the desert in Australia.”
There will be two charity events taking place to raise further funds. The first on the 16th of July at the Hereward Pub, Ely with local band Blue Thunder performing and the second on the 17th July at the Village Inn Pub, Witchford with Walkaway, the band that has been supporting Status Quo with their recent UK tour.
The trek is set to take place over 10 days in October, and Jake is hoping to have raised thousands of pounds by the time he leaves for China.
Jake to join Union J on Great Wall trek for Coppafeel