Oakworth student’s China wall trek helps dad

Keighley News: Olivia Moffat, left, with fellow fundraisers on the Great Wall of China, raising money for the charity supporting her father, Brian, inset, who suffers from MS Olivia Moffat, left, with fellow fundraisers on the Great Wall of China, raising money for the charity supporting her father, Brian, inset, who suffers from MS

Oakworth student Olivia Moffat has just returned from a Great Wall of China trek challenge to raise cash for the Mutliple Sclerosis charity that supports her father, Brian, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2002.

“It was a terrific experience and I did the trek to raise awareness of MS and to support the Skipton, Craven and Keighley branch of the MS Society, which has supported my family and me for the past four years,” said Olivia, 20.

Her father, who was an active sportsman and managing director of a building company, has been in a wheelchair since 2008.

“Once he went into the wheelchair, he was no longer able to do all those ‘dad’ sort of things, and we have needed lots of support,” Olivia said.

And by trekking along the Great Wall, she has successfully raised £4,800 for her local MS Society branch.

“It was six days of hard walking, with a lot more heights to climb than I expected – and I don’t really like heights!” she added.

“But it was a completely amazing experience, and I will definitely be doing other fundraising treks again,” said Olivia, who lives with her mother, Helen, and three sisters in Oakworth when she is not in Buckinghamshire studying event and festival management.

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