A Bridlington teenager has vowed her mother would have been proud of her after she walked the Great Wall of China in her memory.
Hannah Sylvester, 19, lost her mother, Gwen Sylvester, to breast cancer when she was 13 years old and embarked on the nine-day trip after raising £3,252 through organising various events in Bridlington.
The former Headlands School pupil was inspired to take part in the 55km hike and applied to The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine competition which worked in conjunction with breast cancer charity Coppafeel.
She said: “The experience of walking the wall was the best thing I’ve ever done. I met so many inspiring people and although it was tough, getting to the top made it so worth it.
“Mum would have definitely been proud of me. I thought about her a lot while walking the wall as she never got to travel much, so I’d like to think I can travel for her. I wish I could tell her about it, but I feel as though she shared it with me.”
Hannah was joined by 25 competition winners as well as George, Jaymi and JJ from pop band Union J to tackle, who many claim as, one of the wonders of the world.
“Meeting the Union J boys was just like meeting everyone else,” said Hannah.
“They’re so lovely and normal. Their enthusiasm definitely spurred everyone on during the tougher parts.
“I loved every minute of it. There were times when it was difficult but the team ended up being like a family. We helped each other and made sure we finished together.
“We often walked paths with sheer drops either side which was quite dangerous!”
Hannah and the rest of the team were also able to explore Beijing during the trip, from 3-10 October, where they got to see the Temple of Heaven, and The Forbidden City
Hannah said: “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I’m so passionate about CoppaFeel! As a team we’ve raised £68,000 which is amazing.
“The support from everyone has been amazing and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me reach my target. I’m sad it’s all over now, but 2015 has been the best year, thanks to finding CoppaFeel!”
People can still donate to Hannah’s online fundraising page at www.greatwallcoppafeel.everydayhero.com/uk/hannah.