More Smiles

Last weekend Natalie Bradburn completed a gruelling 50 mile walk in memory of her daughter, who died after contracting chicken pox due to a rare genetic defect which meant her body was unable to fight the disease.

Natalie, accompanied by friends and family, started her walk outside the Royal Berkshire Hospital at 5am on Saturday morning. The 50 mile route retraced her daughter Grace's last journey from Reading to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington and was organised to commemorate Grace's 10th birthday.

"It's a milestone, turning 10," Natalie said. "I wanted to do something special and this was the last journey she did."

The group walked for over 18 hours through strong winds and driving rain, encouraged by well-wishers and friends who also for sections of the walk. They finished their epic journey outside St Mary's Hospital at 11.15pm and were greeted by a welcome party made up of friends, family, and staff from children's services, including those who has helped to treat Grace. 

Natalie wanted the walk to be a tribute to Grace and an opportunity to thank and fundraise for the children's intensive care unit which tried desperately to save her. The donations are still coming in but Natalie has absolutely smashed her target of £20,000 and currently has a running total of over £25,000.

Well done Natalie and her team! 

For more information and to sponsor Natalie’s walk, click here.

Picture below: Happy finishers at 11.15pm!

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