Walk of Love mother passes through Angus

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A brave woman who is trekking the coastline of Great Britain in memory of her daughter walked through Angus at the weekend.

Natalia Spencer, from Cheltenham, is walking 6000 miles round the coast in memory of her five-year-old, Elizabeth, who passed away from a rare illness last year.

Natalia Spencer in Arbroath before heading off for Dundee

Natalia Spencer in Arbroath before heading off for Dundee

Natalia walked from Aberdeenshire into Angus last Friday through Montrose, by Lunan Bay and into Arbroath. When she reached Montrose she was joined by former serving Royal Marine Taff Davies, from Arbroath, who walked with her down to Leuchars.

Heading for Dundee she left Angus on Sunday. While she was in the area she stayed with David and Kate Gray, near Montrose, and Ian and Hilary Lackie in Carnoustie.

Natalia said: “Angus has a beautiful coastline. It has been very nice to walk along the coast here, it is so pretty.”

Elizabeth was taken ill last November with a relatively common virus which triggered an autoimmune condition known as Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. It caused her body to go into septic shock, shutting down her major organs and cutting off the blood supply to her limbs. She spent 18 days on life support in Bristol Children’s Hospital, and sadly passed away on December 10.

Natalia said this time of year in the run to Christmas is the most difficult for her.

She added: “I have met families who are going through similar experiences to me. I have stayed with families who have lost their children. Families who go through the tragic experience of losing a child have a bond.”

Natalia hopes to raise £100,000 for The Grand Appeal for Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. Her ‘Walk of Love’ started on Valentine’s Day at Durdle Door in Dorset, the last beach she and Elizabeth visited together.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Natalia-Spencer or text ELIF55 and your donation amount to 70070.

You can follow her progress at www.elizabethsfootprint.com and on Facebook by searching ‘Elizabeth’s Footprint’.