WALL OF SUPPORT
JO Swerling has said a huge thank you to all those who helped raise more than £12,000 as she took on the Great Wall of China in memory of her dad, Graham.
MORE than £12,000 has been raised for a leading cancer charity thanks to a woman who trekked the Great Wall of China in memory of her dad.
And perhaps even more impressive is that before her trip Jo Swerling, who lives near Beaconsfield, found that walking down an escalator in Marylebone, London, was a challenge. But now, she says, it is a breeze.
“I have to say I couldn’t get down the Marylebone escalator, but I went down it the other day.”
Speaking about the trip, she said: “It was a challenge in lots of ways. I don’t like heights.”
She walked 80 to 100 miles a day with 20 others, who all raised money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, having had experience of the disease.
“There was a great camaraderie,” she said. “It was a really caring group of people.”
Her dad Graham Swerling passed away aged 83 on Christmas Eve 2013 following a diagnosis two months earlier.
Mr Swerling was a local farmer who, along with his wife, farmed in Coleshill and Chalfont St Giles for 55 years. Despite the blisters, Jo is already looking forward to the next challenge, although she admits she needs a bit of a gap beforehand.
When asked about the reaction from friends and family, she said: “They’re very, very proud of all of us who walked it,” she said. “They were quite surprised when they saw the pictures where I was walking across.
“Everyone was just really supportive and friends and family have been really supportive.”
Trekkers: Jo Swerling and fellow walkers took on
the Great Wall of China challenge