Rainbow Girls support Amy for hospice walk

A BRAVE Clevedon mum, along with 20 multicoloured friends and family, will take part in a fundraising walk in memory of her young son.

Amy Woodman and her team, called the Rainbow Girls, will walk for seven miles in brightly-coloured all-in-one suits during the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Midnight Memory Walk on September 14.

The 27-year-old will take part in the women-only event in memory of her son, Ashton, who was cared for by the charity’s Wraxall hospice, Charlton Farm, before he died aged just one month.

Ashton was diagnosed with Zellweggers Syndrome, a rare congenital condition, shortly after he was born in 2009. During his last days, Amy, her partner Mark Whitehouse and eldest son, eight-year-old Taylor were able to stay with him at Charlton Farm.

Amy, who works at Clevedon’s New Look store, said: “Before I first visited Charlton Farm I was worried about what a hospice would be like but it’s an amazing place, filled with love, laughter and support.

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“Staying there meant we could make the most of our precious time as a family with Ashton.

“Everything happened so quickly with Ashton and it helped so much to have the staff at Charlton Farm explaining things and supporting us.”

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Amy is now hoping to encourage more women to take part in the Midnight Memory Walk, which will start at Bristol City’s football ground at Ashton Gate and take participants past some of Bristol’s most well-known landmarks.

The Salthouse Road resident said: “I’ve taken part in the Midnight Memory Walk for the last few years as it’s a really special way for me to remember Ashton.

“The atmosphere on the night is fantastic. Although there are sad moments the way that everyone comes together to support each other is really uplifting.

“It would be great if other ladies out there could join us.”

Last year’s event saw more than �50,000 raised for CHSW.

* Anyone wishing to take part this year can register by visiting www.chsw.org.uk/memorywalks

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