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Family to join in walk initiative

By Caroline McMorran

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A fancy dress fun walk is being held in Dornoch to raise money for a charity that supports people with the rare genetic illness Rett Syndrome.

Local couple Alvin and Stephanie Wood, whose daughter Emilia (3) was born with the condition, are organising the 5k on October 26.

The family were featured in a previous edition of the Northern Times when they talked about their hopes that a cure can be found for the devastating illness.

Emilia, who has an engaging personality and infectious sense of humour, cannot walk or talk, has limited use of her hands and can only eat soft food.

Walk for Emilia is part of the fourth consecutive global ‘virtual run’ event held by the charity Reverse Rett, set up by affected families to fundraise and raise awareness of the disease.

Supporters of the charity worldwide are encouraged to hold a walk, run or jog in October, which is Rett Syndrome Awareness month.

This year participants are invited to share on social media ‘weird and wonderful’ photos from the walks. Prizes will be awarded for the top three whackiest images.

Walk for Emilia has a Halloween fancy dress theme but it is optional.

The walk starts from Treecraft Woodwork, where both the Woods work and goes through the woods above, before taking the route of the old railway track out to Embo.

“It’sa perfect route for a spooky Halloween forest walk, said Mrs Wood.

Refreshments will be available at Treecraft afterwards. A raffle and prize draw is also being held and donations would be welcome.

Entry to Walk for Emilia is £15 per family and each family will receive a carved wooden medal from the charity. Participants must register with Reverse Rett and to do so, visit the group’s Facebook page and search events.

Also message Facebook page All about Emilia to let the Woods know you are taking part.

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