A DAUGHTER left devastated after her dad was struck down by a stroke while on an adventure holiday has embarked on a charity drive in his memory.
Stacey Leigh was moved to raise funds for the Stroke Association after her dad David was suddenly taken ill as he completed the Inca Trail, in Peru.
Despite still coming to terms with the tragedy, the 25-year-old, from Seaburn, took part in the Great North Run, which she had planned to attempt with her dad last month.
She also recently completed a three-day coast-to-coast cycle ride from Cumbria to Wearside.
“I really enjoyed the run,” said the support worker. “But it was also very emotional because I should have been running it with my dad.
“Instead, I wore both our running numbers.
“I think he would have been proud of the time I got for him, 1 hour 44 minutes.
“My sister was even sending good luck messages from Shanghai, where she is working at the minute.”
The dad-of-two, also from Seaburn, had just completed the 50-mile trail when he suffered a stroke at his hotel in the south-eastern city of Cuzco.
The keen runner and cyclist died a short time later, a day before he was due to fly home from South America.
“I always wanted to do the run in his memory,” said Stacey. “I did the cycle ride a short time later, so I’m taking a break at the moment.
“However, I hope to continue the fund-raising in the future.”
His family paid tribute to the 55-year-old, who died on July 31, describing him as a “devoted family man”.
As well as the half marathon in Newcastle, the engineer also hoped to complete the coast-to-coast cycle ride and was planning to scale Mount Kilimanjaro next year. Stacey said she had received “fantastic and generous” support, particularly from the Newcastle-based firm Bel Valves where her dad worked.
Family and friends who gathered for his funeral at Fulwell Methodist Church, also donated more than £1,500 to the charity.
“We have now raised more than £2,000,” said Stacey.
“We really just want to thank everyone who has donated money and supported us.
“I’ve had a lot of support from friends and family and the company where dad worked.
“Everyone has been amazing.
“We could not have asked for more.”