Sponsored walk and auction raises cash to fulfil Lucy’s last wish

Supporters of the Lucy's Last Wish appeal walked from The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to Wecock Farm to raise money for cancer research. Clare Baillie (centre), and her daughter Eve Baillie and pet dog Bo with supporters of  the charity.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14856-3) PPP-140323-182818003
Supporters of the Lucy's Last Wish appeal walked from The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to Wecock Farm to raise money for cancer research. Clare Baillie (centre), and her daughter Eve Baillie and pet dog Bo with supporters of the charity.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14856-3) PPP-140323-182818003
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A GROUP of dedicated fundraisers spent a day walking 10 miles to raise money to help fulfil the last wish of their friend – to send her family to Disneyland.

Lucy Jenkins, 25, died last month from a brain tumour and her friends decided to hold a sponsored walk to contribute to a fundraising drive set up in her name.

The group, including Clare Baillie who has spearheaded the fundraising since seeing a poster about Lucy’s plight in the One Stop store in Cowplain, put on pink and walked from the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to Lucy’s home in Waterlooville.

It was the final event in this area for the campaign, called Lucy’s Last Wish, which has now raised more than £20,000.

A charity auction and fundraiser was also held on Saturday night at the Mead End pub, on Mead End Road, Waterlooville.

More than 100 people went to the evening, which saw Lucy’s six-year-old daughter Leah sing Katy Perry’s Roar and Lucy’s 10-year-old stepson Cameron sing Pharrell Williams’ Happy.

The night was a success and raised more than £1,700.

Lucy’s friend Simon Collins, from Drayton, took to the stage with his band the Whole Enchilada.

Simon, 49, said: ‘It was a superb night and it went very well. It was brilliant. It was nice to be able to do something positive to help the family and to help the cause.’

Lucy’s husband Dave Jenkins thanked everybody who has taken part and said they would be holding one more event in Horsham where Lucy used to live.

Dave, 36, said: ‘It’s not just about the fundraising, it is the people who we have met along the journey. It seems surreal how it has all happened but we have made a lot of good friends through the campaign.’

When the total is finalised it will appear on the Facebook page ‘Lucy’s last wish.’