A DETERMINED mother has raised about £350 for a charity which granted her little girl a wish.
Laura Taylor – whose four-year-old daughter Emmy nearly died in a horrific caravan blaze two years ago – took part in the Bupa Great North Run at the weekend.
Laura battled the “horrendous weather”, with blisters on her feet, to finish the race in aid of Starlight Children’s Charity – which sent Emmy on a dream trip to Lapland.
She said the charity made Emmy’s wish really special and were “absolutely brilliant” with the whole family.
Laura, who lives in Flint, said it was very painful completing run – but is made up with her achievement.
“It took me about two hours to finish,” she said. “I was pleased with that – but I wanted better.
“I had blisters after about two miles and the weather was horrendous. I am very stiff and aching a lot after the run.”
Laura said she also got lost and ended up brushing shoulders with the elite runners and celebrities who were taking part – where she got her picture taken with double gold medalist Mo Farah, and Ritchie from boyband, 5ive.
“The atmosphere there was amazing,” she added. “The amount of people there was incredible – it was really good to be a part of.”
Earlier this year Emmy’s dad Ian cycled from the Eiffel Tower to Blackpool Tower in five days, raising more than £19,000.
Emmy, who was two at the time of the tragedy, was on a family holiday in Barmouth when a fire broke out, killing her grandfather, Robert Taylor, 57, and uncle, Andrew Taylor, 26.
She was pulled to safety by her grandmother, Denise, before spending months in Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, fighting for her life.
In the past two years she has undergone more than 60 operations.
Emmy, who is now in reception class at Ysgol Gwynedd, Flint, still needs treatment, and the family has been involved in efforts to raise money for her future.
l You can still donate by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/Laura.Taylor17