All for one on midnight walk
“Something that means a lot to me is that after my aunt died, we all received an individual toy elephant picked out by my younger cousin, which was such a personal gift that means everything.
“We all still have our elephants as a token of the hospice’s work and the fact elephants never forget, and we just want to do as much as we can to raise money to support such an amazingly helpful cause.”
The Three Musketeers – so-named, says Daisy, because her brother and boyfriend are her “rocks” – will wear neon wigs and tutus, and Daisy is hoping that regular daily dog walks and up to 10-mile weekend rambles she enjoys with her two lively Cocker Spaniels, Coco and Millie, will have prepared her sufficiently to take on the 10-mile route between Hemel and Berkhamsted, and she aims to complete it in under two hours.
“I’m hoping my body will cope with walking at that time of night but the one person I might struggle to keep up with is my brother,” she admits. “He practically lives at the gym because he’s hoping to get into the Armoured Engineers in September.
“But at the moment he’s finding it hard to get his head round the fact it’s a walk, not a run. If he could run, he says he’d do it in an hour, which is a bit fast for me. I think I might have to put him on a leash.”
Daisy, Jacob, a pupil at Chiltern Hills Academy, and Daniel, from Chessmount Rise, Chesham, and a builder with G.P Bryant and Sons in Chesham, are hoping to raise at least £100 each, although Daisy says her real target is £500.
The fundraiser, who is currently studying for her Early Years Foundation degree, added: “I’ve asked everyone at work to sponsor me and the biggest supporters have been the nursery mums and dads – they’ve been brilliant.”
The walk, offering five or 10-mile routes, sets off at 9pm from Hemel Hempstead School.
Event organiser Nicky Maxwell-Braithwaite, said: “This year is a real milestone for us and we’d love local people to join our 10th anniversary year party. 2016 is all about the neon glow so dig out your bright skirts, legwarmers, Tees and tutus to light up the streets.”
Online registration closes at midnight on Tuesday June 21, but on-the-night registration will be possible from 8.45pm.
Visit www.stfrancis.org. uk/midnightwalk to sign up. To sponsor Daisy, visit www. j us t g i v i ng. c o m/ Daisy-Barrett1.
Trainee nursery teacher Daisy Barrett, centre, with her brother Jacob (right) and boyfriend Daniel Brazil.