Daughter does China’s Great Wall for Dad

The seven trekkers taking on the Great Wall of China. From the left, Natalie Bell, Kate Gilbert, Jake Naish, Charlotte Whitlock, Sean McMonagle, James Heal and Naomi Hurtault.

The seven trekkers taking on the Great Wall of China. From the left, Natalie Bell, Kate Gilbert, Jake Naish, Charlotte Whitlock, Sean McMonagle, James Heal and Naomi Hurtault.

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A loving daughter paid tribute to her late father as she tackled The Great Wall of China in his honour.

Kate Gilbert, of Sowerby Bridge, completed the voyage alongside her boyfriend and fellow University of Huddersfield alumni peers, raising more than £20,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Kate, 25, who is originally from Kent, lost her father Charlie ten years ago following a battle with two brain tumours.

The podiatrist said: “Since it happened with my Dad I have heard of brain tumours so much. I had never heard of them before - especially in small children - it really does break your heart.

“I think he would have loved to do it himself. He was always involved in charity so I just wanted to carry it on really.”

The group of seven walked for eight hours a day on the eight-day trek, covering 77,000 steps. At times they had to crawl up certain points due to the Great Wall’s steepness.

But for Kate, pictured left with her dad, this was nothing compared to the underlying factor of why the group was there in the first place.

She said: “We often felt like our legs didn’t belong to us any more and could have easily given up, but we kept reminding ourselves why we were doing it and how this is nothing compared to what it must be like being diagnosed with a brain tumour.”

You can visit the team’s fundraising page on: www.justgiving.com/teams/chinatrekkers or view on twitter @chinatrekkers.