A MUM hopes a sponsored walk will help pay fitting tribute to her brave son’s memory.
Nathan Walker, of Caergwrle, died aged just 11 in October 2003 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.
Ahead of the 10th anniversary of his tragic death and to mark that Nathan would now be 21, his mum Annette Coppell, of Coedpoeth, is looking to raise thousands of pounds to help other sufferers of the condition.
Along with about 50 other walkers, she will perform a pub-to-pub sponsored walk from The Gold Cape, Mold, to The Turf, Wrexham, on Saturday.
She hopes the trek will raise thousands of pounds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which is looking to develop treatments and ultimately find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Mrs Coppell, 38, said: “As he would be 21 this year I wanted to do something to celebrate his life.
“I thought I would organise a sponsored walk. I am so pleased at the response I have received.
“I’ve already had more than £600 sponsorship. There are people coming along who I haven’t seen for years.”
Nathan was a keen sports fan. He followed Manchester United and Wrexham football clubs and despite his condition, he also harboured dreams of playing rugby for Wales.
He attended Abermorddu School and had moved to Castell Alun High School, Hope, just weeks before he died. He underwent treatment at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
A memorial garden was created at Abermorddu School in tribute to their brave former pupil.
Reflecting on Nathan’s courage, Mrs Coppell said: “He was a very brave boy. I want to help other children with cystic fibrosis by raising this money.”
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition, with only half of sufferers seeing their 40th birthday.
It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.
Mrs Coppell has two other young children, Ava Natalie, two, and baby Ryan Nathan, seven-months-old.
Nathan wanted a sister called Natalie, so Mrs Coppell chose this middle name and Ryan Nathan is named after Nathan and his hero Ryan Giggs.
She said: “The event started as a small group of us wanting to raise money for a charity which is very close to my heart.
“I am absolutely thrilled that so many of my family and friends have signed up to join me and I am very grateful to everyone who has offered to support the walk in memory of Nathan.”
l The walk will start at The Cape, Mold at 11am on Saturday and the group hope to finish at The Turf, Wrexham, at about 7pm.