The mother of a five years-old girl who passed away from a rare illness will soon be arriving in Fraserburgh as part of her ‘Walk of Love’ around the coast of Great Britain.
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 with a relatively common virus which triggered an autoimmune condition known as Hemophagocytic Lymphohistoicytosis (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 is due to arrive in Fraserburgh on October 20, and says she has received an overwhelming response from the Scottish people so far.
“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.”
For more details go to elizabethsfootprint.com