Six-year-old Daisy Harrison is walking the mini Parish Walk to raise funds for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation IOM in memory of her second cousin, Wendy Ward, who passed away from the disease in 2019, and has already raised over £545. 

Daisy and her cousin Wendy on holiday together with their families

Born in Florida, the ‘Sunshine State,’ Daisy lives in Peel and attends Peel Clothworkers, mum Catherine describes her daughter as ‘a very kind little girl’. Catherine said: ‘Wendy was a very close friend to our family as well as being my husband Marc’s cousin. When I asked Daisy which charity she would like to do the walk for, she said RCLCF IOM, as they helped people like Wendy when they are poorly.’ 

The mini Parish Walk is being organised by the Rotary Club and children will walk distances between half and one and a quarter miles depending on their age group. The event, on July 17, will commence in Tynwald Fair Field, proceed into the Arboretum and finish on the path from the church to Tynwald Hill.

Laura Jones, community and fundraising officer said: ‘We are delighted that Daisy chose RCLCF IOM to raise funds for in memory of her late cousin Wendy. She is very kind to do so and we hope she will be a future ambassador for the work we do on island to support local patients with a lung cancer diagnosis. Best of luck Daisy – we know you’re going to smash it! We will all be cheering you on and know you will make your cousin Wendy and your family proud.’ 

The foundation raises funds for research projects throughout the UK and offers online and telephone support services alongside informational campaigns to raise awareness of the disease and its complex causes.

For more information on Daisy’s walk and to donate to her fund, you can go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/catherine-harrison10.

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