All for one on mid­night walk

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“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.stfran­ 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.

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