Join Exmouth’s Lily-Hollie memorial walk

people are being asked to step out in memory of a baby who died from meningitis, in a bid to help other youngsters affected by the disease.

Lily-Hollie died in 2008 after contracting meningitis and, since her death, her grandmother, Linda Helliker, of Chichester Close, Withycombe, has tirelessly fund-raised for the Meningitis Trust.

The Lily-Hollie memorial walk will be held on Sunday, August 7, setting off from Exmouth docks at 2pm.

The eight-mile sponsored walk, now in its fourth year, is suitable for all ages and abilities and can be a gentle stroll or a stride.

The route takes walkers along the seafront and beyond, and those taking part can tackle as much or as little of the route as they wish.

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Dog owners are welcome to bring along well-behaved pets on leads and they can also be sponsored for the event.

Meningitis Trust spokeswoman Jo Campbell said the charity was reliant on voluntary donations.

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She said: “The services, support and education provided by the Meningitis Trust are a lifeline for people in the UK whose lives have been affected by meningitis.”

Mrs Helliker’s world changed forever on Good Friday 2008 when her son Philip, then 37, a former Exmouth Community College pupil, telephoned from his Army quarters in Germany, where he was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Rifles, to say his beloved four-month-old daughter Lily-Hollie had died in his arms.

To join the sponsored walk, contact Jo Campbell on 0845 120 0664, email or telephone Linda Helliker on (01395) 272264.

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