A MOTHER and daughter from Coventry are getting ready to light up the streets in memory of grandma, Yvonne Hall.
Claire Hickey and her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte Hickey, who suffers from a range of medical conditions will be taking on the inaugural Glow in the Moonlight event in aid of Coventry Myton Hospice in memory of Claire’s mum, Yvonne Hall.
Yvonne first came into contact with Myton when she started attending the Day Hospice every Friday after being referred by her GP.
She attended Myton for over a year, enjoying the therapies and the arts and crafts sessions, but sadly died at the hospice in May last year.
Now Claire and her daughter Charlotte will tackle the nighttime 5km race in her memory.
But it will not be plain sailing, with Charlotte’s various medical problems meaning mum Claire will have to push her round most of the course in her wheelchair.
“Charlotte was born prematurely and at 15 months old there were signs that things weren’t quite right,” Claire explained.
“After a lot of tests and many years of appointments and therapies, Charlotte has been diagnosed with a range of medical conditions such as autism, joint hypermobility syndrome, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and visual impairment, to name but a few.
“I am going to be pushing Charlotte round the 5km course in her wheelchair but she will be attempting to walk part of the course.
“This is a huge deal for a little girl with mobility issues but she wants to do this to help continue the amazing work that Myton does day in, day out.”
Organisers are hoping to raise £55,000 in sponsorship money from this year’s Glow in the Moonlight which would be enough to fund all the counselling services available at Myton for six months, including the children’s counselling service, Rainbow Ripples.
Because this is the first Glow in the Moonlight event, organisers say the have pulled out all the stops.
Along the route, there will be bright glow zones featuring colourful lanterns, dazzling lights and stimulating dance music. Participants can also expect to be splattered with fluorescent bubbles whilst making their way through optional UV bubble zones.
The registration fee for this year’s event is £20 for adults, £10 for children and £40 for a family (two adults and two children).
Visit www.mytonhospice.org/event/glow-in-the-moonlight/ or call Lucy Turner on 01926 838825 for more information.