Cawston woman doing Great Wall of China walk in memory of dad

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A woman who never met her own father after he died from cancer is walking the Great Wall of China in his memory.

Bobby Mainwaring, who lives in Cawston, is hoping to raise thousands for Cancer Research UK as a tribute to her dad Robert.

The fundraiser is also in honour of her grandmother who survived the disease.

She said: “Dad was 22 when he died and I never got to meet him because he died just before I was born.

“I wanted to do something in his memory so will be walking the Great Wall of China.”

She has raised £2,000 since she launched her appeal in September last year.

Bobby, who was named Roberta after her father, said: “My three year old daughter Ella is helping me to fundraise, so is my mum, Jeanette, who is absolutely amazing.

“I’m hoping my fundraising can, in some way, keep other families together. I also hope to make my daddy proud.”

The trek takes place next year and Bobby is holding a number of events to raise funds.

A fashion show takes place at Ashlawn School in Rugby on Tuesday April 15 at 7.30pm.

The show will includes clothes from many high street stores including Next, Top shop, New Look, M&S, Oasis, Gap and Monsoon.

“There will be many rails of clothes to buy at massively discounted prices,” added Bobby.

“So many people have been touched by cancer.

“I hope my appeal gets lots of support.”

Tickets are £5 and include wine and soft drink.

Contact Bobby on 07875 525951 or