Meningitis walk cash

PUBLISHED: 16:32 09 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9: THE Meningitis Trust benefited from the hard work of an Exmouth grandmother at the weekend. A charity sponsored walk took place on Sunday at 4pm from Exmouth Harbour to Sandy Bay and back again, organised by Linda Helliker along with her family and friend

THE Meningitis Trust benefited from the hard work of an Exmouth grandmother at the weekend.A charity sponsored walk took place on Sunday at 4pm from Exmouth Harbour to Sandy Bay and back again, organised by Linda Helliker along with her family and friends.Linda and her husband Richard were devastated when their beloved four-month-old granddaughter, Lily Hollie passed away and wanted to raise money in Lily's memory.Meningitis is one of the worst diseases in the UK, yet receives no official funding to find a way of wiping it out.Signs of the illness are very difficult to spot as it takes hold very quickly and, if not treated in hospital straight away, the end result can be devastating. A motley crew of about thirty pirates, gypsies, bunny girls, cavemen, hula girls, cowboys and Indians, Dorothy and Toto and even a three year old scary tiger braved the foul weather for this good cause. Linda told the Journal: " Hopefully we should have raised about £3,000 once all the money is in."Everyone was soaked to the skin and cold but spirits were high at the end.In the autumn Lily Hollie's grandmother will hold an evening of entertainment and a raffle at Exmouth Football Club in her granddaughter's name, to include live entertainment from the Exeter Tornadoes. If you'd like to donate a prize to the raffle or help support it, then give Linda a ring on (01395) 272264.

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