Walkers remember ‘Little Miss Sunshine’

BALLOONS AWAY! Rachel and Tomas Deane raised more than �400 during the walk in memory of their daughter Kiera, inset.     Picture: Paul Jacobs (111182-4)
BALLOONS AWAY! Rachel and Tomas Deane raised more than �400 during the walk in memory of their daughter Kiera, inset. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111182-4)
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WITH smiles on their faces and pants on their heads, these walkers set out to remember the life of a special little girl.

Rachel and Tomas Deane organised the fundraising event to celebrate the life of daughter, Kiera, who passed away in January.

Kiera

Kiera

Kiera – nicknamed Little Miss Sunshine – had a rare genetic disorder and severe epilepsy and died a month after her first birthday.

During one of the many hospital visits the family made together, they started wearing their pants on their heads to lighten the mood. So when they decided to raise money for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, where Kiera died, it seemed like a fitting tribute. Around 100 walkers took part and let off balloons at the top of Portsdown Hill.

‘It was overwhelming and emotional,’ said Tomas, of Athena Avenue, Crookhorn.