Gosport woman to raise cash in memory of friend who passed away

CHALLENGE Emma Smith is walking the 5k Race For Life in memory of school friend Amy Dougan, pictured inset, with Frankie Fitzmartin. Picture: Sarah Standing (121558-1532)
CHALLENGE Emma Smith is walking the 5k Race For Life in memory of school friend Amy Dougan, pictured inset, with Frankie Fitzmartin. Picture: Sarah Standing (121558-1532)
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EMMA Smith was unable to walk for two months after having major hip surgery.

But the 25-year-old isn’t letting that stop her complete the Race for Life to raise money in memory of friend, Amy Dougan.

Amy Dougan with her daughter Frankie Fitzmartin

Amy Dougan with her daughter Frankie Fitzmartin

Emma, of Brighton Avenue in Gosport, had surgical hip dislocation back in December after doctors discovered she had too much bone in her hip, which was stopping her from carrying out everyday tasks.

She has just begun to walk again without the aid of crutches, and she is now aiming to walk the 5k Race for Life this summer, in memory of Gosport mum Amy, who died at the age of just 27, leaving behind her nine-year-old daughter Frankie.

Amy had faced a long battle with acute myeloid leukaemia, and passed away in October last year.

Since her death, almost £9,000 has been raised for Cure Leukaemia in her memory.

Emma said: ‘I knew Amy since I was four.

‘She went to the same school as me although she was a couple of years older.

‘It’s awful what happened. – Frankie is going to miss her mum.

‘She was lovely. She would always ask how you were even if she was ill herself.

‘She would always make sure we were ok.

‘She would never worry about herself, but always others.’

Now, Emma faces a challenge to get fit in time for the 5k walk in Southsea on July 22.

‘For two months I wasn’t able to walk,’ she said.

‘I was on crutches. I haven’t walked that far yet, but I am thinking positively about it. I don’t want to give up. I will go round in a wheelchair if I have to.’

Amy’s step-dad, Vic Woods, said: ‘Emma’s kind offer is typical of her whole family who continue to be so generous and supporting. Everyone appreciates brave girls like Emma who make the effort even after her hip surgery to make the difference where good causes are concerned.

‘We are eternally grateful for her offer to do this.’

The money raised in Amy’s memory will fund research into experimental treatments to beat the disease, using pioneering work based in the Midlands.

To make a donation, please visit raceforlifesponsorme.org/emmasmith225