Charity dog walk for Addie Brady Foundation
A charity dog walk is taking place to raise money in memory of teenage Bishop's Stortford brain tumour victim Addie Brady – featuring Addie's own beloved pet.
The Herts and Essex High School girl died in February 2018, aged 16. As a means to celebrate her life and to generate funds for the charity created in her name, the Addie Brady Foundation, friends of the family have organised a six-mile stroll.
Participants will be able to walk their canine companions across picturesque Essex farmland, starting from Aythorpe Roding village hall, on Sunday October 6 at 11am.
Emma Reynolds, who lives in the Uttlesford village, is organising the event. "My daughter Imogen was very good friends with Addie at school and she wanted to do something to raise money, but we're not fit enough to run a marathon or anything like that," she said.
"All her school friends are coming. While it's a small way of raising money, it's trying to remember her. It's nearly her birthday. She would have been 18.
"If you met Addie, she was not only beautiful to look at. I know everyone says this when a child dies, but she absolutely lit up a room."
Imogen and Amber Peck, another of Addie's school friends, have been actively involved in organising the event; the pair have taken charge of advertising it on social media.
The Reynolds family's border terriers, Rolo and Ralph, will be taking part in the six-mile walk, as will Addie's dog, Patsy, who will be led by her mum Michelle and dad Tara.
Anyone is welcome to take part. For those who do not want to do the walk itself, there will be coffee and cake to enjoy. The mothers of the 18 other girls in Addie's friendship group are contributing baked treats to feed the masses, making the occasion a real joint effort.
The Addie Brady Foundation raises awareness and money to fund research into Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), an inherited familial predisposition to a wide range of certain, often rare, cancers. In Addie's all-too-short life, she twice battled cancer.
Originally, Emma had hoped that the dog walk would raise £500, but she is on track to smash this target and now hopes to generate £1,000. To book a place on the charity dog walk, call Emma on 07736 463377.
It costs £10 for adults and £5 for children, including a hot drink and slice of cake.