THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised following a sponsored walk in memory of a six-year-old girl who died of a rare brain tumour.

About 60 people took part in the annual 22-mile walk from Lydia’s house to Claire House Children’s Hospice on Easter Sunday in honour of Lydia Wilson from Kelsall.

The walkers set off at 8.15am and made it to the Wirral-based children’s hospice at 3.30pm where they handed over Easter eggs to youngsters.

Lydia lost her battle with cancer in July 2009 having gone through 50 operations and a 12-month course of chemotherapy.

Her parents Dave and Jackie Wilson, of Chapel Green, have since raised nearly £40,000 for Claire House, which provided them with both medical and emotional support.

Dave said: “It was a brilliant day. When we were all walking up together and the children were there at the hospice it was quite emotional, especially for us as that’s where Lydia died.”

Fundraising has given the couple and their four daughters, including Lydia’s twin Naomi who was walking with her friends from Delamere CE Primary Academy, the strength to cope following Lydia’s death.

Dave added: “This is the second year we’ve done this. We made £3,500 last time, but we’re hoping to double that this year. We want to build it up and get more people to do it every year. It keeps Lydia’s name alive.”

On Saturday, July 2, a summer ball in aid of Claire House is being held in memory of Lydia at Crewe Alexandra FC. Tickets are priced £35.

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Gary Porter