Daughter walks in memory of dad to raise cash

Olivia Kimber
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Daddy and daughter days had always been special to teenager Olivia Kimber.

And she treasures them more than ever as she remembers her father Terry.

Sadly, Terry died aged 49 last September.

He had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Spurred on by his memory, 16-year-old Olivia decided to do a charity walk and raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

Olivia, of Morelands Road, Purbrook, said: ‘My dad and I were very close.

‘We always liked to go out for daddy-daughter days and would do loads of things together like swimming.

‘We used to swim at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea.

‘We would always walk along the seafront to get there and that’s a memory and place I keep in my heart.’

Terry, a retired police officer, had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and it quickly spread to various parts of his body.

He stayed in The Rowans in Purbrook before he died.

His time there will also never be forgotten by the family.

‘I decided to do an eight-mile walk in memory of my dad,’ said Olivia, who goes to the K-Bis Theatre School, Brighton.

‘I chose to walk down Southsea seafront to Eastney and back because it’s a route I had taken with my dad.

‘And although he had only been at The Rowans for eight hours, they still helped us massively.

‘As well as looking after the person staying, they also give loads of care to that person’s family and close friends.

‘I was 15 at the time my dad died, and they were always there when I needed them.

‘They provide a great service and that’s why I decided to raise money for them.’

Olivia raised £155 from her walk, where she dressed up as a cowgirl.

Her walk will also be recognised as charity work undertaken as part of her title of Miss Portsmouth Supranational 2011, which advocates supporting charities.

Mum Carol Kimber, 45, said: ‘Although Terry and I were separated at the time of his diagnosis, it still came out of the blue for us all.

‘I was shocked.

‘We had been together for 23 years and have two children together.

‘I can’t believe he won’t be here to see his beautiful children flourish and progress with their lives.’

The hospice provides specialist hospice care and support to patients and their friends and family with life-limiting illnesses.

Terry is survived by Olivia and son Scott, 22.