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Northumberland a stop-off for two major fund-raising quests

Natalia Spencer, 41, from Cheltenham, is walking 6,000 miles around the coast after her daughter Elizabeth passed away at Bristol Children's Hospital in December last year.
Natalia Spencer, 41, from Cheltenham, is walking 6,000 miles around the coast after her daughter Elizabeth passed away at Bristol Children's Hospital in December last year.

A mum’s walk in memory of her daughter will see her arrive in Northumberland tomorrow, while a couple undertaking a marathon tractor ride for their daughter passed through on the A1 last week.

Natalia Spencer, 41, from Cheltenham, is walking 6,000 miles around the coast after her five-year-old daughter Elizabeth passed away in December last year.

Alyson and Neil Clark, from Stonea in Cambridgeshire, who travelled 990 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats on a tractor towing a pink trailer.

Alyson and Neil Clark, from Stonea in Cambridgeshire, who travelled 990 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats on a tractor towing a pink trailer.

Elizabeth was taken ill that November with a relatively common virus, which triggered a rare auto-immune condition that caused her body to go into septic shock, shutting down her major organs and cutting off the blood supply to her limbs.

Natalia now hopes to raise £100,000 for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, in her daughter’s memory.

Meanwhile, Alyson and Neil Clark, from Cambridgeshire, travelled the 990 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, starting last Tuesday and arriving on Saturday.

They were towing a candy-pink trailer along the route in tribute to their daughter Mikayla – dubbed Little Miss Giggles by the Manea Pre-School she attended – who passed away on April 12, aged just four.

They have raised more than £16,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), the charity which supported Mikayla and her family when she was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour.