YOUNG Holly Sparshott was a little fighter whose life was cut tragically short by an asthma attack.
So her babysitter, Saffron Hull, drew upon the 12-year-old’s fighting spirit as she pushed through the pain barrier to complete a 23.5 -mile walk from Gosport to Winchester.
The 18-year-old set off from Holly’s grave in Ann’s Hill Cemetery yesterday morning.
The walk, to raise money for Naomi House Children’s Hospice near Winchester, took her 8hrs and 20mins.
Saffron, from Gosport, who is studying English at Winchester University, said: ‘I felt like I was doing something for a charity that deserves the recognition.
‘Naomi House means a lot to me.
‘It’s where Holly (pictured) spent her last days.
‘This was my way of saying thank you to them.
‘They don’t get the recognition they deserve.
‘This will open up people’s eyes to what Naomi House does.’
Holly, of Elson Lane, Gosport, died in 2013 after falling into a coma when she had an attack that stopped her breathing for 15 minutes.
Her family has since been campaigning to raise awareness of the condition and the need for schools to carry emergency inhalers.
Saffron, whose ambition is to be a teacher, said: ‘She was a fun girl.
‘She always had a smile on her face – even if I needed cheering up, she was always there. She was such a happy girl.’
Saffron was accompanied on the walk by her 15-year-old sister Serena and best friend Matthew Irwin, 26.
The teenager, who is nursing sore legs and feet today, said: ‘The first bit was okay because I knew where I was. When we got past Wickham, there were parts where the path just ended.
‘It was a difficult journey and it tested my patience a bit.
‘But I got there in the end. My flatmates were there to greet me when I got back.’
The walk raised £265 for the hospice.
Saffron added: ‘It’s nice that people care to put their money into the fund.’