Little Gabi Smith had been looking forward to taking part in this weekend’s Stanage Stumble charity walk, to raise money for Home-Start.
But Gabi, 12, drowned in the bath six weeks ago, after suffering an apparent seizure. So on Saturday her mum, Faye, and 16-year-old brother, Zach, will stride out in tribute to her – accompanied by around 30 family and friends.
“We’re taking on the challenge in Gabi’s memory,” says Faye, an Ecclesall marketing consultant. “I know I can rely on my friends and family to help me out in a crisis, as indeed they have. Home-Start families are not so fortunate.
“I would love everyone to get behind this fantastic charity and support them by walking, sponsoring or volunteering to be that ‘friend in need’ that we’ve had.”
The walk – a choice of 12, 17 or 25-mile routes from Dore via Stanage Edge – will bring back painful memories for Faye. She missed last year’s Stumble because Gabi suffered her first seizure the day before.
But she is determined to complete the challenge in her daughter’s memory – spurred on by Gabi’s three favourite things: her friends, their dog Ziggy and a bag of sweets.
And she is already planning ahead to next year when she and Zach plan to attempt the longer route.
To join in the Stumble, be at the HSBC Clubhouse, Limb Lane, for a 9.15am start. Walkers and runners of all abilities welcome. Entry £12 on the day.