A teenager who was inspired to take on a charity challenge in memory of her nan has raised more than £5,000. Izzie Klucznik, aged 14, 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).
A teenager who was inspired to take on a charity challenge in memory of her nan has raised more than £5,000.
Izzie Klucznik, aged 14, 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).
Originally, Izzie was hoping to raise £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.
Since then, she has walked 500 miles over 66 walks near her home in Ipstones and has now raised more than double that for the charity which funds research and provides support to people living with MND.
Izzie said: “I’m very glad and proud and thankful to everyone that donated.
“It’s amazing how people have written about it, the stories in the newspapers have really helped to raise more awareness of what I was doing and I think that meant more people donated. So I’d like to say thank you for that support.
“My nan would definitely be proud and she’d have wanted me to do it to help other people as well.
“She was a lovely person and a lovely lady. She’d have loved this and I was so glad I’ve done this to help other families.
“I think maybe in two years’ time when I’ve finished Year 11 I’ll do another fund-raiser. Maybe a bit of walking, or I might spice it up a bit.”
Izzie took on the challenge with the support of her parents Frank and Natasha as well as her trusty dog, Pip.
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: www.iae.co.uk/izzies-walk.
Izzie added: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and helped raise awareness.
“I also want to say thank you to my parents and all the people who have come walking with me as well as Ann at Dolly Birds Catering where I walk every Saturday. I do like their bacon and maple syrup pancakes!”
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