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Gloucester's 'Everest' fundraiser sees his little girl's first steps

James Bottger says the pain of his Himalayan feat was completely worth it. Credit: ITV News

Charlotte Bottger, the three-year-old with cerebral palsy whose father scaled the equivalent of Everest to help her walk again, is back from her operation in America.

And already, she has taken her first steps.

Her father James ran up and down Robinswood Hill in Gloucester 75 times last year to raise the more than £20,000 they needed for surgery that wasn't available on the NHS.

Now the family are back home in Gloucestershire, and though Charlotte cannot yet walk unaided, she can wiggle her toes, and is able to put one foot in front of the other - something which was impossible before.

The pain I felt on Robinswood Hill was what Charlotte experienced every day. And now that pain has been removed from her it does make what we did worth it, and we just can't thank people enough for their kind generosity, it was brilliant.

– James Bottger, Charlotte's father
Charlotte's operation has helped her achieve the impossible. Credit: ITV News