An international rugby star has inspired a teenager from the Moorlands to walk more than 400 miles for charity. Izzie Klucznik, aged 14 of Ipstones, decided to walk 400 miles during the school summer holidays in memory of her nan, Angie Klucznik, who died in 2018 after a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) just three years earlier.
An international rugby star has inspired a teenager from the Moorlands to walk more than 400 miles for charity.
Izzie Klucznik, aged 14 of Ipstones, decided to walk 400 miles during the school summer holidays in memory of her nan, Angie Klucznik, who died in 2018 after a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) just three years earlier.
Now, Izzie has raised more than £2,000 for the ‘My Name’5 Doddie Foundation’, a charity launched by Scottish rugby star Doddie Weir OBE, who revealed in June 2017 that he had been diagnosed with the disease.
The charity funds research and provides support to people living with MND.
Izzie said: “I have experienced first-hand what a cruel disease MND is and there was nothing anyone could do to help.
“I‘m 14 now and want to do this walk to raise as much money as I can to help find a cure. If I can make a little bit of difference and stop other families losing a loved one to MND, then every mile I walk will be worthwhile.
“Doddie Weir is a real inspiration to myself and my family and we think what he is doing to raise the funds and awareness of MND is amazing.”
Izzie took on the challenge with the support of her parents Frank and Natasha as well as her trusty dog, Pip.
Natasha said: “Izzie always had a very close relationship with her nan from a very young age.
“Angie was a really healthy able women who loved to be hands on, outside with the animals. It was a real shock to us all when she got diagnosed with MND and how quickly it affected her.
“Since Doddie Weir was diagnosed with MND, we have followed his journey and feel so inspired by everything he is doing to raise awareness and funds to try and find a cure.
“Izzie took it upon herself to set her challenge and we just helped her when needed to set up an online donations page.
“As a family we have all been out walking with her at some point but she has really surprised me by her motivation and walking in all weathers.
“Izzie’s dog Pip has been at her side for almost all of the journey whether it’s been in the hottest sunshine or soaked to our pants by the rain.
“Izzie has now completed her 400 miles which she pledged to do over her eight weeks summer holiday, but completed it early so she has carried on walking to do as many as she can before she goes back to school.
“We are so thankful to everyone who has sponsored Izzie – she has managed to raise over £2,000 so far.
“We are extremely proud of her achievements and her determination to keep going.”
Angie worked alongside her husband David at IAE and the firm have been supporting Izzie’s charity drive. To find out more, or to donate, visit: https://iae.co.uk/izzies-walk.
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