The loved ones of a much-missed Chester woman walked almost 30 miles in her memory.
Kathryn Dowling, of Lache, was only weeks away from her 26th birthday when she died suddenly after suffering a spontaneous bleed on the brain while working at Primark on June 11.
Her death sparked a flood of tributes including colleagues from Primark and her fellow workers at the Wrexham branch of the Cats Protection charity where Kathryn worked as a volunteer.
The former Lache Primary and Queen’s Park High School student gave much of her spare time to volunteering and had previously given her services to the RSPB and the British Heart Foundation shop in Chester.
Two weeks ago her father Don and former colleagues from Primark honoured her memory by taking part in a 25 mile walk from Chester city centre to Oulton Park in Little Budworth.
The walk, which started at Primark, had originally been set to take fewer miles but the team ended up getting lost on the way, adding two extra miles to their journey.
At each mile of the walk, Kathryn’s loved ones released a different balloon to mark each year of her life, every one attached with a special note addressed to her.
Altogether ï¿½600 was raised from the feat, which will be split equally between Cats Protection and the Intensive Care Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital who treated Kathryn in her final hours.
Colleague Hayley Miles said: “Kat was a wonderful person and a great friend to us all.
“It wasn’t just about how much money we could raise, it was more something to do in her memory.
“We hope to do an event like it every year to celebrate her life.”