Getting ready to toddle for brave bride Katie

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FAMILIES are getting ready to toddle in memory of loved ones they have lost.

Lisa Butterfield, partner Steve Sparkes, Niamh Sparkes, Codie-Leigh Sparkes, Joshua Meacham and Megan Meachem are getting ready to join in the Overgate Hospice Teddy Toddle.

They will be joined by Louise Edmondson from Triangle and her son Harvey Potts, six, who are doing it in memory of Louise’s dad Derek Edmondson who had bowel cancer.

They have already raised more than £700 with a raffle in his memory.

On March 11 at 11.30am they will walk in memory of friend Katie Elvidge, nee Richardson, 30, from Sowerby Bridge lost her battle to bowel cancer just five days after her wedding in January 2011.

“Katie was the happiest girl in the world, getting married was what she had dreamt of as a little girl,” she said.

She was told she was too poorly to attend her wedding, but arrived wheelchair bound and at the end of the aisle. As she arrived Katie said “I want to walk”.

Lisa said: “With all the strength she had she walked down the aisle with her dad and uncle supporting her and became Mrs Katie Elvidge. The whole room applauded and cried as we all watched her have her dream.

“Later that day she couldn’t dance, so we did and we danced and sung to her.”

She was admitted to hospital, on December 30. The next day, after opening her cards in hospital with husband Nick at her side, she closed her eyes for the final time and died on January 3.

Lisa and Katie became friends in 1986. “I miss her terribly,” said Lisa.

“She came to Overgate as a day patient but loved it there. The one thing she asked before she died is that we continued to raise money for Overgate so that’s what we’re doing.”

On the same day, the Ogden Stomp is a longer three mile walk into the woodlands at Ogden.

Both the events are sponsored by IFT Independent Financial Advisers.

To register please contact the Hospice on 01422 387120 or email faye.henderson@overgatehospice.nhs.uk.

On the day it costs £5 for adults and £2 for children, in advance it is £3 for adults and £1 for children.

They thanked all those who donated raffle prizes.