Dad makes 8,000-mile trip twice after clicking wrong penguin in memory of late daughter

Updated: Dec 03, 2016, 13:30 IST | mid-day online correspondent

A man whose daughter died of cancer travelled a distance of 8,000 miles to take photographs of penguins in her memory. He then made the trip for a second time when he released he took pictures of wrong ones

A man whose daughter, a doctor, died of cancer travelled a distance of 8,000 miles to take photographs of penguins in her memory. He then made the international trip for a second time when he released he took pictures of the wrong ones.

According to a report in www.mirror.co.uk, Roger Clark (71) wanted to click the same bird that was on a postcard sent to him by his daughter Lisa when she was holidaying in Australia. However, when he returned from South Georgia and the Falklands, he compared his photos with the postcard. He then realised that the bird on the card was an Emperor Penguin not a King Penguin as he'd originally thought.

The report added that Clark, ignoring medical advice, went back, and made another 10,000-mile journey to Antarctica. The determined Clark finally found and photographed the 'beautiful' penguins caring for their chicks. He rang his wife to share the emotional moment before writing his daughter's name in the snow.

The mirror.co.uk report further stated that Lisa left her mother Lynette £20,000 in her will after her parents promised they would do the travelling she was unable to finish before she died. In her last days, Lisa, who died of ovarian cancer in October 2012, told them that not travelling even more was her only regret in life.

Clark, opening up to mirror.co.uk, said "Lisa did a lot of travelling, she was involved in a charity project in Nicaragua, she delivered a baby for the first time - which was then named after her - in Tonga, and she loved the Maldives.

"It was after Lisa had her daughter Lucy, who is now six, that she began to feel ill. She was working at Glastonbury Festival as a clinic lead with Festival Medical Services in 2011, and we were there too. I remember watching Lisa's favourite band Coldplay and Lisa was writhing in pain, but at the time she thought it was a stomach bug. In July, she went for a scan at hospital, and things were so bad that three days later she was on an operating table having the cancer removed from her ovaries."

Lisa passed away 15-months after she was diagnosed. Clark further told mirror.co.uk, "When Lisa was upset and dying in the hospice she had regrets about some of the travelling she hadn't completed and I vowed I would do some of that for her. After her passing I thought long and hard and decided I was well and fit so should do my greatest trip before I was unable to travel. I wondered what would be the ultimate thing for me to photograph to honour her memory, and I thought about penguins.”

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