Sunday, January 19, 2020
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Tragedy mum Natalia Spencer has been making her way around Skye determined that her daughter’s memory will live on.

In December last year five year old Elizabeth collapsed the day after showing flu-like symptoms. It was just 18 days later that she died, a victim of Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, a cold-like virus which triggered an extremely rare auto immune condition that sent her body into overdrive to fight off the original virus

The condition, caused her body to go into septic shock, shutting down her major organs and cutting off the blood supply to her limbs.

Elizabeth was put on life support at Bristol Children's Hospital but tragically died.

Now, Natalia is fighting her grief to raise money and awareness by walking the entire coast of Britain - because the seaside was Elizabeth's favourite place.

Natalia, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: 'I couldn't believe it to begin with. In the morning I thought she had a flu and in the evening I was told she probably wouldn't make it.

'It's devastating for a mother to see a child like that. It was 18 of the most heart-breaking days. Her immune system killed her.'

The 41-year-old, who was formerly a PA, set off on Valentine's Day to walk 6,000 miles – including her short stretch on Skye before completing her giant fund-raiser on December 10, the first anniversary of Elizabeth's death.

Natalia now hopes to raise more than £100,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal children's charity, which is associated with the hospital where Elizabeth died.

Already she has been pledged more than £60,000, if you want to support her cause than follow the link to her Just Giving page. To see just where she is now follow the link here



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