Join zoo walk to tackle illness

Five year old Isabella Hendry with her Firefighter father Stuart Higson.
Five year old Isabella Hendry with her Firefighter father Stuart Higson.

LITTLE Isabella Hendry and her family are calling for local people to put their best foot forward for a good cause.

The five year old Fleetwood girl and her parents hope as many people as possible can join them at this year’s Blackpool Zoo Walk in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust next Sunday, May 22.

It is a cause which the family are particularly keen to help; little Izzy, as she is known, has cystic fibrosis (CF) herself.

CF is a recessive genetic disease which can affect the entire body, causing progressive disability and some times early death.

Named after the typical cyst formation within the pancreas, difficulty in breathing is the most serious symptom and results from frequent lung infections that are treated with, though not cured by, antibiotics and other medications.

There are many other symptoms as well, including sinus infections, poor growth, diarrhoea, and infertility resulting from the effects of CF on other parts of the body.

Izzy, of Penrhos Avenue, has to take nearly 50 a tablets a day to combat the effects of her illness, but her parents are determined that she can live as full a life as possible.

She will there on the day of the walk, taking part with other participants.

Izzy’s dad Neil, who has helped organise the walk said: “The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a charity which is obviously very close to our hearts.

“We would all love as many people as possible to join us on the walk and raise as much money as possible for this very important cause.”

Only last month one of firefighter Neil’s colleagues and close pals, Stuart Higson, ran in the London Marathon on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

He was only too keen to support the cause.

The charity funds research into the disease and provides information and support for families affected by the illness.

The fund-raising walk will certainly be a fun event for participants.

From sealions to snakes and ostriches to orang-utans, participants will get to see an array of animals on this two mile walk which starts at 10am at the entrance to the zoo.

Well earned refreshments will be available for all participants on route.

To join Izzy on the walk you can sign up on-line at www.greatstrides.co.uk or call Regional Fundraising Manager, Bev Burnham-Jones on 0300 373 1029 or email bburnham-jones@cftrust.org.uk who will send an entry form.