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Hail and rain doesn’t stop walkers

Fundraisers walked through hail and rain to raise hundreds of pounds for a children’s heart charity.

The group of 10 adults and 10 children braved extreme weather conditions to take part in the 24-mile walk for the Lagan’s Foundation.

The event was also a remembrance to Lagan Katherine Anne Grant, who died a year earlier at just 15 weeks old after suffering from a heart condition.

The charity was set up in her name by her parents Carren Bell and Barry Grant, of Horwich, to provide support for parents of children born with congenital heart defect (CHD) or feeding difficulties.

Carren said: “We are hoping to have raised around £2,000 from the walk. There were 10 adults, and 10 children, who joined the walkers for the end two miles.

“The weather was cold and we had hailstone, rain, all weathers. Those taking part were tremendous. I never imagined it would be such a huge success.

“Nothing makes the loss easier, but it makes the hard work worthwhile. It is about doing something positive in Lagan’s memory.”

The fundraisers walked from Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where Lagan was treated, to the Reebok Stadium in Horwich.

Carren and Barry’s son Lochlyn, who is just six weeks old, travelled the route in a car alongside the walkers. Lochlyn suffers from hole in the heart syndrome, a condition that can clear up on its own.

Carren said: “Someone was watching over him. He is a miracle baby.”

The Lagan’s Foundation is looking volunteers to help families of children aged five or under in need of support and advice.


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