A Billericay barmaid will be putting on her walking boots in aid of Great Ormond Street later this month as she endures sweltering conditions to trek the infamous Samaria Gorge, in Crete.
Leigh Abrams from Billericay, will be taking on 45 degree heat and tough terrain when she travels to the Greek island on 25 August in a bid to raise thousands of pounds in memory of two-year-old Harry Smith.
Harry, the Billericay toddler tragically lost his short battle with leukaemia in January 2009. Since then his parents, have raised over £30,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which cared for the smiley youngster in his final days.
Leigh is hoping to add to that total having already raised £500 in less than a week since announcing the charity trek. Leigh will be taking on the challenge along with three other friends who hope to complete the gruelling 18k course in around five hours.
The route - Samaria Gorge is the biggest gorge in Europe and runs from Xyloskalo - 1,227 metres above sea level - down to the seaside village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast of Crete.
“I really wanted to do something particularly challenging to raise as much money as possible for a great local cause,” said the barmaid who works at the Chequers pub along Billericay High Street. The terrain is really harsh and with the boiling temperatures I am preparing myself for a real challenge and have been walking 10k a day around Billericay – although the summer weather hasn’t been the hottest to train in!”
Leigh says that the successful Harry’s Day celebration along Billericay High Street in June this year inspired her to arrange her charity trek. “Harry’s Day has been a great event to be involved in over the years so I was really keen to go that extra mile to help raise more for the family as they are much-loved around the town.”
To donate to Leigh’s trek visit http://www.justgiving.com/Harry-Smith0