Stepping out for Laila

Laila Milly's fundraising
Laila Milly's fundraising

THE grandma of little Laila Milly McCormack took part in a gruelling challenge to raise cash in her memory.

Morgie Mouat was part of a team of 30 members of staff from Gloucester’s Chosen Hill School who chose to tackle the Tewkesbury Half-Marathon or a five-mile walk to raise more than £1,500 for the Laila Milly’s Wish campaign.

The charity was set up by Laila’s parents Steven and Maya, of Ackworth, who want to transform a building into a day nursery for children with serious and complex illnesses.

It was hoped that Laila would attend the facility, but she died after a 12-month battle with Aicardi Syndrome on March 2 – just days before her first birthday.

Steven, of Hayfield Way, said: “The group took part in the event and called themselves the Chosen Hill Millipedes – which was one of Laila’s nicknames.

“The day went really well and everyone had a great time. The money’s still coming in, but it looks like they’ve probably raised around £1,500, which is fantastic.

“We can’t thank them enough.”

The event was arranged by Morgie’s colleague, PE teacher Kate Nicholls.

Around ten members of staff took part in the 13.1-mile half-marathon while the other 20 completed a five-mile run.

On the same weekend, another group of fundraisers, Charlotte, Ben and Anna Herrin took part in the Examiner Charity Challenge Walk in Huddersfield to boost the coffers of the fund.