A GROUP of Herefordshire women are today embarking on an epic 150 mile walk in memory of a five-year-old child.

Laura Hughes' life was turned upside down on August 27, 2020 when her son George was sick after eating breakfast.

He was rushed to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where the next morning he was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which is a highly malignant brain tumour.

Six weeks later, George tragically passed away from the cancer.


In his memory, the family has set up a dedicated fund to celebrate "his short and special life."

George's Fund is managed by the Herefordshire Community Foundation and promotes the interests of primary aged children in Herefordshire.

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Between July 22 and August 5, Ms Hughes, her best friend and three sister-in-laws are walking 150 miles from Stretton Sugwas CE Academy where George went to school, to Woolacombe Bay on the north Devon coast, where the family have enjoyed many holidays.

Hereford Times: Rachel Steras, Phoebe Price, Laura Hughes, Lucy Frayne and Meg Price at the start of the Walk for GeorgeRachel Steras, Phoebe Price, Laura Hughes, Lucy Frayne and Meg Price at the start of the Walk for George

The Justgiving page set up for the sponsored walk has already raised over £40,000 at time of writing and Ms Hughes has been left amazed by the response.

Ms Hughes said: "It’s been pretty overwhelming to be honest. We have met so many kind people and have really felt the support."

"The purpose of the walk is to show George’s two brothers that life, love and hope still exist amongst the pain and loss but also to help us raise as much money possible for ‘George’s Fund’ which is now our ongoing focus.

"As a mum, one of your jobs is to tell your children that everything is going to be ok.

"I couldn’t do that for George so if we as a family can make a small difference to another child’s life then that will give us huge comfort."