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Fiona Woodham, PA at Taylor Made, is lacing up her walking boots this summer as she prepares to walk a gruelling 26 miles for charity in one day. She plans to walk from Winchester to Salisbury on June 3 to raise money for the hospice that cared for her family when her granddaughter passed away last year.

Fiona’s granddaughter, Lylah-Rose, was stillborn in August 2017. Thanks to the quick actions of staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital she was revived after 20 minutes but the vital minutes lost before then meant she was faced with an unpredictable future.

Despite doctors initially not expecting her to survive more than a few days, Lylah-Rose fought for weeks and Naomi House & Jacksplace near Winchester was a huge support to the family during that time. She was able to go home with her mother, Laura, and have a normal family life alongside her two older brothers for several weeks.

When Lylah-Rose passed away at two months old, the hospice helped to create a peaceful environment for the entire family and its staff were a huge support.

Fiona, said: “I cannot put into words the difference that their care, love and understanding of our hurt and needs made, to not only Laura and her husband Darren but also the entire family including Lylah’s Great-Grandparents and Great-Aunt. Naomi House made such a very real, positive difference to what has been an awful time, and they continue to help families like ours.”

Fiona pledged she would do something to give back to Naomi House & Jacksplace and has decided to take part in the Clarendon Way Walk in June to raise money for the cause.

She said: “Having gone through all this we wanted something positive to do together. My husband and I will be doing the walk and we’re hoping to raise as much as we can. We’ve been out training but it’s going to be quite tough doing that distance in a day. Our normal weekend walks tend to have pub stops factored in but I don’t think there’ll be time for that with 26 miles to cover!”

Fiona is being supported by her colleagues at Taylor Made, who have rallied round to sponsor her. Taylor Made also decided to pick Naomi House as their chosen charity of the year to help other children and families just like Fiona’s.

Nigel Taylor, Managing Director, said: “We are all so proud of what a strong and caring woman Fiona is. We know she’s been a huge support to her daughter and rest of her family throughout this difficult time and we’ll be cheering her on like mad for the Clarendon Way Walk.”

To sponsor Fiona and her husband Paul please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiona-woodham-clarendon-way-walk

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