A couple from Epsom will trek the Great Wall of China to raise money in memory a much-missed father.

Johnny and Alex Donnelly-Palmer will walk along with 32 others to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Johnny said: "During Dad’s illness St Catherine’s staff were extraordinary. Their care and attention to detail was so personal.

"As well as making Dad as comfortable as possible they welcomed our whole family with open arms.

"I’ve never forgotten how after one unplanned and extremely restless night at the hospice, a nurse managed to find toiletries and makeup for my Mum so she could face Dad in the morning with a courageous smile.

"In the worst days, they brought light. As well as looking after Dad in the hospice, St Catherine’s helped him achieve his final wish of dying at home surrounded by his family."

Johnny was "so moved" by the care his dad received he now volunteers with St Catherine’s as a student counsellor.

He said the the physical preparation for the trip has been the hardest part.

"Knowing that the hospice relies on people like us raising money to provide its vital services keeps us motivated," he said.

"We did St Catherine’s Midnight Walk in 2017 so we’re not new to fundraising but the China Trek is definitely stepping things up a gear!

"We know my Dad would have been so proud of us though, and in the toughest moments that’s the thing that’ll keep us going.”