MORE than 70 people took part in a sponsored walk in memory of Fiona Watson on Saturday.
The 23-year-old from Langho died of diabetes complications in January while working in the ski resort of Meribel, France.
The 10km walk, organised by Fiona’s family, set off from the Knowles Arms, Langho, and passed places that were important in Fiona’s life, including her schools, where she worked and the church where she was baptized and started her life’s journey.
Fiona’s dad Chris (52) and her two brothers Aiden (11) and Daniel (26) completed the walk with Aiden raising a staggering £400 alone in sponsorship.
Bucket collections during the walk raised around another £400 and there is still money to be counted from 10 more buckets. Funds raised through two Justgiving websites have also raised £2,400 so far. All the money will be donated to the charity Diabetes UK.
One of Fiona’s best friends Christina Mitchell (23) organised T-shirts for the walkers and all of her friends took part in the walk.
Chris said: “The walk went very well. It was a hot day and quite a lot of us got sun burnt.
“I would like to thank everyone who turned up, people who didn’t even know Fiona. It was a very good turn out and a very good response with lots of people donating.”
The beauty therapist and former St Augustine’s pupil had type one diabetes and went in to a coma, triggered by a hypoglycemic attack, while asleep.
Fiona lived with diabetes from 13 months old, the youngest person at that time in the local area to be diagnosed with diabetes. Despite also being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease at the age of 13 and being dyslexic, Fiona led a full and active life and was awarded a Young Achiever Award by Ribble Valley Borough Council during her final year at St Augustine’s.
Photo by Ben Parsons shows family and friends taking part in the sponsored walk in memory of Fiona Watson.