HARDY walkers completed a week-long trek as they marked the second anniversary of a young girl’s death.
Family and friends of Olivia Moyle walked from Lindisfarne back to Seaham, raising more than £4,000 in her memory.
Olivia’s parents were told she was not likely to survive when she was born with a chromosome disorder that affected all her major organs.
With the help of medics and other organisations which supported her family, she lived until she was six.
As a thanks to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle and Glendene School, in Easington Colliery, where she was a pupil, a dozen walkers took to the St Oswald’s Way walk, a 97-mile route through Northumberland.
They then headed to the RVI to see staff before completing the 150-mile journey on Seaham’s seafront.
The feat, which saw six other walkers join the event whenever they could, was completed as the fund-raisers wore T-shirts designed by children at the school.
The following night, the walkers gathered for a night of entertainment at Dawdon Welfare Social Club to celebrate their achievement.
The cash raised will be split between the school and Tiny Lives, a charity which helps the families of sick children at the RVI.
Olivia’s dad Owan, who now lives in Wingate, suggested the idea and led the walk.
The 32-year-old, who runs OJM tree and landscape services, said: “It’s the first time we’ve done something like this.
“Now we’re looking at doing something else next year,
“When I said what I was going to do I didn’t even need to ask people to join in. They all volunteered.
“Everyone who did it knew Olivia.
“We had some great times and some of the views were spectacular.
“It was a hard few days with some particularly-gruelling times around the Simonside Hills, but it didn’t matter how much people’s feet were suffering, morale was really high.”
One idea suggested for the next big challenge is to complete the Pennine Way, which is a 250-mile route.
In the meantime, the campaigners will continue to raise cash for the Olivia Moyle Foundation, set up in her memory, through raffles.
Donations to the appeal, which is backed by Olivia’s mum Lisa Jane, 36, and brothers Harry, nine, and Damon, 22, can be made via http://charitygiving.co.uk/forolivia