WHEN Lisa Turner and her friends and family step out on a special midnight walk in aid of Trinity Hospice and Brian House, it will be an emotional moment.
The group will be doing the 10-mile walk along the famous Blackpool Illuminations in memory of Grace Turner, known as Amazing Grace, who tragically died on Christmas Eve, aged just six.
Her heartbroken parents, Lisa and Steve, from Hambleton, have since set up a dedicated fundraising team in memory of the little girl, who was born with Retts Syndrome – a rare neurological development disorder – to help give something back to Brian House Children’s Hospice, which so lovingly cared for her.
It is their target to raise £19,000 for the Bispham-based hospice, to help pay for a corridor to be refurbished and create a special and magical experience for the Fylde coast children who are cared for at Brian House.
They plan to install light and sound devices to allow those children who are really unwell to interact.
Lisa said: “It will be really emotional because, of course, we are walking in memory of Grace.
“And every woman there will be walking for their own personal reasons.
“We wanted to do the Illumathon a couple of years ago, and got a team together, but then Grace was too poorly for me to do it. The others still did take part, but I couldn’t be with them. So it will mean even more to do it this year.
“We’re really looking forward to it because I am sure, although it will be emotional, it will also be really uplifting.”
Members of Team Turner doing the lllumathon, which takes place on September 3, will include Grace’s carers and nurses, as well as family and friends of the Turners.
Lisa said: “Since we started the Team Turner fundraising, it has really taken off. People have been so generous.
“I think because they have read and heard about Grace, and what Brian House did for her and us as a family, it has really brought home to people what Brian House does, and helped them understand a bit more about its work. We can’t stress how wonderful Brian House was.
“Everything else closes over Christmas, but the hospice was there for us. We were able to be at home over Christmas, with our really poorly little girl, at home – the only other option would have been a hospital.
“We feel so privileged to have this service here on the Fylde coast.
“And we feel really passionate about continuing to raise funds to help the hospice, in Grace’s memory.
“While Grace was in Brian House, we did talk about the corridor. It’s quite wide, so children like Grace could be pushed down in their beds.
“Grace couldn’t get involved in a lot, but with a refurbished corridor, with lots of lights and sounds, she would have loved that. So we are hoping to raise around £19,000, enough to refurbish the corridor.”
To support the team, call Lisa on 0773 475 7211, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto Facebook and search for Angel Grace Fundraising.