WHEN Carol Robinson lost her mum just before Christmas in 2009 she knew she wanted to do something to honour her.
And less thank two years later she has raised a staggering £10,000 for the British Lung Foundation through taking park in a seven day trek across the Great Wall of China.
Carol trained religiously, tackling the gym before she started her role as Branch Manager at Barclays Bank in Blyth, as well as walking along the north east coast at weekends.
But all of her hard work and fundraising efforts paid off when she was able to hand over the money to the British Lung Foundation after her mum suffered Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Disease.
As well as sponsorship for the trek, which she took part in between October 7 to October 16 this year, she had different stalls at work and took part in bag packing to help raise the cash.
And as an employer of Barclays, her company matched her fundraising to help her hit the £10,000 mark.
Carol said: “Seven years ago I lost my dad and took part in a trek to Peru to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, and I wanted to do something similar for my mum when she passed away to keep it equal.
“We trekked for eight hours a day for seven days but it was amazing.
“And when you are doing it there are occasions where if you are a little ahead or behind from the group you have thinking time.
“Both my parents were an inspiration to me and I think they would be very proud that I completed it.”
The trek meant most nights would be spent in a Chinese tea house, and the days were long as you carried your backpack with all your essential belongings with you along the route, as guides check are drinking enough water.
But the trek was worth it to do something in memory of her mum, who she descibes along side her dad Joseph, as wonderful.
“They were the best parents ever, they were so for the good of their family, and if the famil were OK then they were OK.
“My dad was a hard worker and they had a lovely retirement.”
And looking back on her achievement she would like to thank those who have supported her along the way.
She added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to my close family and friends because without them I wouldn’t have been able to do it. As well as the customers at work who have been absolutely brilliant.
“What I did won’t bring my mum or dad back but I hope with the money I raised it will go somewhere to support someone with the COPD illness.”
Stella McRae, Community Business Partner at Barclays said: “Many Barclays employees support their local communities through our Barclays Employee Schemes and sometimes one really stands shoulders above their colleagues; Carol is a great ambassador of our community investment programme, participating herself and encouraging colleagues to get involved.
“Carol’s activity is exemplary and to have raised £10k for one charity is in itself amazing and as her employer we are very proud of her achievements.”