Sandra walks around Portsmouth in her mum’s memory

(l-r) Lauren Nash (24), Sandra Nash and Kerry Nash (27)''Sandra Nash organised a fundraising charity walk in memory of her mum Rita Baird. Pictured with her daughters at her home in Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131240-338)

(l-r) Lauren Nash (24), Sandra Nash and Kerry Nash (27)''Sandra Nash organised a fundraising charity walk in memory of her mum Rita Baird. Pictured with her daughters at her home in Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131240-338)

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After Sandra Nash lost her mum five years ago, she decided walking the streets of Portsmouth would be a good way to remember her.

Rita Baird died aged 77 in May 2008, after suffering from a series of ongoing heart problems for many years.

To remember her and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, Sandra, 50, and her two daughters Kerry, 27, and Lauren, 24, walked to seven different areas in Portsmouth.

They were all roads that Rita had lived in during one point of her life.

Sandra said it was a proud moment.

‘I always said to myself that I wanted to do something for the British Heart Foundation. My mum had her first heart attack just after I got married,’ she said.

‘She had a couple of heart attacks and a triple by-pass which gave her 27 extra years.

‘I just wanted to give something back for all the help that they have given us over the years.

‘I wanted to do something personal that meant something to me and hopefully mum would have been proud of us.’

They started off in Paulsgrove and walked to Stamshaw, North End, Copnor, Fratton, Somers Town and Eastney.

‘It went very well,’ added Sandra. ‘My dad joined us for part of the walk as well.’

‘My dad is 82 this month but he wanted to do it.

‘I wanted to do it with my girls but it’s for his wife so he did some of it with us.

‘It was a beautiful sunny day.

‘It made us feel as though mum was shining down on us.

‘The days before that the weather was horrendous.’

At each new road, the family released a balloon with a message for Rita.

They also carried around a collection tin with them so people could make a donation.

And at the end of the walk, they were greeted by family and friends at the Eastney Tavern pub, where they all enjoyed drinks and a meal.

The family have raised around £650 for the British Heart Foundation. Sandra added: ‘The reason why we raised a good amount of money is because it was something different.

‘We had a lot of loyal support and big amounts of money were sponsored. It was amazing.

‘I was very happy with the result.

‘It was a real buzz.’

Sandra also paid a tribute to her mum.

‘She suffered silently for many years,’ she said. ‘She gave love and support throughout all her suffering. She never complained.’

‘She was remarkable.’

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