Charity walkers remember Sarah

.Friends and family of Selson teenager Sarah Harrison  set off on a sponsored walk from Selston to Mansfield today
.Friends and family of Selson teenager Sarah Harrison set off on a sponsored walk from Selston to Mansfield today

THE friends of a young Selston woman who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) took part in a sponsored walk in her memory at the weekend.

Her best friend Shannon Merrill, 19, organised the walk to raise funds for the charity SADS UK.

Sarah Harrison collapsed and died in May last year at the age of 18 when she was walking across Selston Recreation Ground.

It would have been her 20th birthday on Thursday.

Shannon said: “All of her close friends and family wanted to raise money for charity and have a good day in memory of her.”

More than 50 people braved the rainy weather and donned fancy dress to take part in the 10-mile walk, from Selston Recreation Ground to Mansfield.

Added Shannon: “We set off at about 1pm and considering the weather, 52 people turned up so that was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves.”

Shannon also organised a raffle and although she is still waiting for all the sponsorship money to come in, she believes the event raised around £2,000 for SADS UK.

“I want to thank everyone who took part and for all the sponsorship,” she said.

She also thanked the businesses who donated raffle prizes as well as taxi firm Oasis, which took the walkers back to Selston.

Now Shannon and her supporters are planning a fundraising challenge next year. Shannon added: “We will do something every year for her birthday.”

Last year, Sarah’s friends did the same route and raised £3,000 for the charity.