Pupils to raise awareness and cash in memory of Student's Mum

10 October 2018

DOZENS of Parklands High School pupils will walk more than 10 miles to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The charity event has been organised by year 8 pupil Olivia Salisbury in memory of her mum Melissa Woods who sadly passed away in May aged just 32 from a heart condition, just as sister Shannon was taking her GCSEs.

Olivia said she wanted to raise lots of money so the charity can stop young people being affected by heart disease.

Olivia, who lives in Euxton, said: “It’s all about making such a negative into a positive.

“I want to try to help other people understand the mental and physical effects of losing someone so important and importantly how we might be able to stop it in the future.”

The walk will start at Chorley Hospital on Saturday 13th October at 12pm and Olivia, along with friends will take on the 10 miles to arrive at Royal Preston Hospital.

Olivia said: “I am really excited and it feels nice that we can do something positive and to benefit someone else from our loss.

“It’s nice to feel like we can benefit others from our loss and feel like we’re doing something to help other people.”

Katrina Dewhurst, Olivia’s House Achievement Leader at Parklands High School, said: “I am so, so proud of Olivia. Even before Olivia and her sister Shannon organised this event, she has shown so much courage and conducted herself with such dignity throughout. Well done girls! #proudtobeparklands.”

To sponsor Olivia and the team of walkers, search for Shannon Salisbury on www.gofundme.com