River­side walk ded­i­cated to mem­ory of brave Hollie

As a four-year-old she was fea­tured in a pic­ture with Diana

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Danya Bazaraa danya.bazaraa@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN AN­NUAL river­side walk will be ded­i­cated to a Ruis­lip school­girl who was fa­mously pho­tographed with the late Diana Princess of Wales.

Hollie Robin­son Marsh was aged four and be­ing treated for leukaemia at North­wick Park Hos­pi­tal in Har­row, when she was vis­ited by the Princess in Au­gust 1997.

It turned out to be Diana’s last royal en­gage­ment be­fore her un­timely death in a Paris car crash, and the im­age of her with Hollie later fea­tured on a com­mem­o­ra­tive coin.

Though Hollie, from Har­row, fought off the dis­ease and went on to at­tend Queens­mead School in South Ruis­lip, she was told on her 21st birth­day that her can­cer had re­turned. She died on Septem­ber 13 last year aged 21.

Fam­ily friend Kerry McCarthy from Northolt is ded­i­cat­ing her an­nual walk on July 26 to Hollie, with the event rais­ing funds for Chil­dren with Can­cer UK, a char­ity that was close to her heart.

The eight mile walk, which has taken place for the last 16 years, starts at Rich­mond Lock and takes the walk­ers – in­clud­ing Hollie’s friends and fam­ily – through the pic­turesque Kew Gar­dens to Chiswick Bridge, where the team stop for lunch be­fore the re­turn leg.

Kerry’s daugh­ter was treated along­side Hollie at North­wick Park and was dev­as­tated to hear of her re­lapse and pass­ing.

She orig­i­nally or­gan­ised the walk to raise funds for the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, but it soon be­came an an­nual event and has raised thou­sands of pounds for var­i­ous char­i­ties.

Kerry said: “My daugh­ter Hay­ley and Hollie be­came friends through their time spent to­gether in hos­pi­tal and re­mained in con­tact ever since. When Princess Diana vis­ited the hos­pi­tal Hay­ley and Hollie were both cho­sen to meet her.

“Hollie was a very spe­cial girl and she’ll be in our thoughts when we com­plete the walk this year.”

Kerry added: “At a time like that you al­ways wish there was some­thing­me­thing you can do. There usu­ally isn’t but rais­ing money ney for a char­i­tyty she was as rais­ing money ey for is one way.ay.

“When n Hollie was re­ally ill she was still try­ing too help Chil­dren with Can­cer UK. If she can do that while­hil h havingi chemo­ther­apy we thought the least we could do is raise money.”

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