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Sisters Natasha and Alice Metcalf tribute to mum Gillian Metcalf killed in boat accident in Brazil

27 March 2014
by Tricia Jamieson

Former Highworth Grammar School pupils and sisters Natasha and Alice Metcalf were in a boat with their parents Gillian and Charlie Metcalf in Brazil when they were struck by another vessel and lawyer Mrs Metcalf was killed last September.

The girls and other family members and friends are taking part in an assault course on Saturday to raise money for the Gillian Metcalf Memorial Fund.

Gillian Metcalf, mother of two from Tenterden, in Brazil on the day before she died

Gillian Metcalf, mother of two from Tenterden, in Brazil on the day before she died

University student Alice, 18, of Plummer Lane, Tenterden, said: “It means a lot to do this in our mother’s memory.

“It is Mother’s Day this weekend so it will be nice but a difficult time as well.”

Alice, who is studying history and geography at Leeds University, added: “Natasha and I have been lucky to have university as a way of getting away from it all.

“We have both had lots of support from lots of people and have become very close to each other – we are doing OK.”

Charlie Metcalf and daughter Natasha who along with sister Alice are raising money in memory of their mother

Natasha, 20, is at Warwick University studying biology.

Their father said he was very proud of what his daughters were doing on Saturday.

“They have been very strong and have been fantastic,” said Mr Metcalf, who was married to Gill for 25 years.

“This is the girls’ way of doing something positive – I am so proud of what they are doing for Gill.”

Natasha and Alice plus five cousins and friends are taking part in a Major Series 12k obstacle course in Tunbridge Wells.

 Alice Metcalf (left) who is taking part in a sponsored obstacle course in memory of her mother, Gill

Alice Metcalf (left) who is taking part in a sponsored obstacle course in memory of her mother, Gill

All the money raised will go to the Gillian Metcalf Memorial Fund for the Tongabezi School in Zambia.

Mr Metcalf said: “We know the school well as we visited it over the years as a family. It is a place very close to our hearts.”

To make a donation to her fund, go to www.justgiving.com/gillmetcalf

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