They have coped with the tragic death of their young mum.

But now a brother and sister from Helme have organised and taken part in a sponsored walk to raise cash for the hospice which cared for her.

Tom and Hattie Barker arranged the event to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice in memory of their mum, Emma Barker, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last year.

The young fundraisers, aged 8 and 10, were joined by 40 of their school friends from Helme Junior and Infant School in the event.

The event was inspired by Kirkwood’s Midnight Memory Walk, which took place last month with over 1000 participants taking to the streets of Huddersfield.

 

Thirty of Emma’s family and friends including husband Jeff had taken part in the Midnight Walk as a team called ‘Em’s Angels’, complete with tutus and halos.

Unfortunately, as the walk started at midnight, Tom, Hattie and their school friends were not able to take part so decided to organise their own event.

Sue Castle, who was a friend of Emma and helped the children to organise the walk said: “As they couldn’t take part in the Midnight Walk organised by the Hospice, Tom and Hattie wanted to do something similar in memory of their mum.

“Emma received wonderful care when she was a patient at Kirkwood. The Hospice allowed Emma and her family the peace, dignity and loving care they needed.

Children from Helme School ready for the fundraising walk
 

“This is Tom and Hattie’s way of saying thank you to everyone at Kirkwood for all the love, support and care they received from the Hospice.

“The weather wasn’t kind for the walk but it didn’t dampen the children’s spirit. They were all brilliant.”

The three-mile walk concluded with medals for all the children and a summer fete in the grounds of Helme Infant and Junior School.

Hospice spokesman Jim Coward said: “It is a wonderful story and a wonderful effort by Tom and Hattie”.

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