Elizabeth’s Footprint

683. Natalia Spencer (Cheltenham)

A dedicated mother from Cheltenham has recently completed a remarkable endurance challenge in memory of her daughter.

On the 7th February Natalia Spencer, from Cheltenham, completed a gruelling 6,000 mile, year-long walk around Britain, in memory of her daughter Elizabeth who passed away in 2015 after contracting a rare autoimmune condition. Starting and finishing at Durdle Door in Dorset, Natalia covered over 20 miles a day and has raised over £115,000 for the Bristol Children’s Hospital which treated Elizabeth.

In a personal letter to Natalia, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“Your inspirational challenge of walking the entire coastline of Britain has raised vital funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital and is a wonderful tribute to the life of your daughter, Elizabeth.”

Natalia said:

“It was a massive surprise for me to find out that l have been awarded with the Points of Light award. I feel very humbled and honoured that the Elizabeth’s Footprint fundraising effort is recognised by the Prime Minister and by such a prestigious organisation as Points of Light.

Behind each success is a team effort and the Elizabeth’s Footprint journey is no exception. There is a massive team of amazing people who helped me to raise not only a huge amount of money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity but also to raise awareness of love, kindness and generosity and to restore faith in humankind.  I would like to dedicate this prestigious award to all of these wonderful people who helped me along my journey but especially to my absolutely brilliant support team whose effort and dedication made Elizabeth’s Footprint possible and of course to my precious daughter Elizabeth who I believe is a real Point of Light.”

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