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.

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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