Mum's walk of love in memory of her daughter reaches Berwick
The mother of a five-year- old girl who passed away from a rare illness will soon arrive in Berwick as part of her Walk of Love around the coast of Great Britain, to raise money in her daughter's memory.
Natalia Spencer, 41, from Cheltenham, is walking 6,000 miles around the coast after her daughter Elizabeth passed away at Bristol Children’s Hospital in December last year.
Elizabeth was taken ill in November last year with a relatively common virus which triggered an autoimmune condition known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). This rare condition caused Elizabeth’s body to go into septic shock, shutting down her major organs and cutting off the blood supply to her limbs.
Elizabeth spent 18 days on life support in Bristol Children’s Hospital but, despite doctors’ best efforts, passed away on December 10. Natalia now hopes to raise £100,000 for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, in her daughter’s memory.
Natalia’s Walk of Love started on Valentine’s Day at Durdle Door in Dorset, the last beach she and Elizabeth visited together. She has since then covered almost 2,000 miles, following the coast around Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, the entire coast of Wales, Lancashire, Cumbria and Scotland.
Over the past few days she has travelled through East Lothian and Berwickshire and will be arriving in Berwick tomorrow, her 233rd day of walking.
Natalia said: “Elizabeth particularly loved the beach and the sea and we went to the seaside a lot.
“After she passed away, I went to the seaside quite a few times and I realised that it is the only place that helps me to feel better and connect with her.
“Walking as far as 20 miles each day is exhausting but the coastline has been beautiful and I have met so many wonderful people along the way who have walked with me, offered me somewhere to stay, or somewhere to have a cup of coffee and a rest.
“I hope that by completing this walk I will be able to bring something positive from Elizabeth’s death.
Her memory will live on through the people I meet along the way and all those who are touched by her legacy.”