A TEENAGER is to walk from Burnley to Manchester as a gesture of thanks to the hospital which treated her when she was seriously ill as a child.
Natasha Thomas, from Brunshaw, was treated for leukaemia at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital when she was four.
The 18-year-old, who has just completed a BTEC National Diploma in IT software development at Burnley College, was finally given the all-clear when she was 13.
Setting off from Burnley Football Club at 8 a.m. today, Natasha and as many as 30 friends will complete the 26-mile walk in fancy dress. They hopes to cross the finish line at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital by 6 p.m.
Natasha said: “I chose to do a walk in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity to say thank you for all the hard effort and support from the hospital for many years in helping me to get better.
“I will be joined by friends on the walk, but I’m hoping there will be about 30 of us taking on the challenge.”
The hospital’s charity supports research projects to improve understanding of children’s illnesses, creates an environment that’s more child-friendly and provides state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.
To sponsor Natasha visit www.justgiving.com/Natasha-Thomas18.