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The Elizabeth’s Footprint £1million fundraising walk calls in to RD&E for coffee, cake and to raise awareness & funds for children’s care

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital welcomed the remarkable Natalia Spencer as she continued her gargantuan walk around the South West and Wales in the name of Elizabeth’s Footprint. Bramble Children’s Ward opened its doors to greet the intrepid adventurer as she made a stop at another unit that works closely with Bristol Children’s Hospital.


Natalia, who was joined on this leg of her walk by Sarah Turner, was welcomed at the hospital’s main entrance by a group of local mothers and children that had been following her journey closely. They came to give thanks and support to Natalia for this remarkable and honourable undertaking, and all that it will provide in Elizabeth’s name.


Elizabeth’s Footprint was founded by Natalia after she lost her daughter to a sudden illness in December 2015. Elizabeth was cared for at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Following her loss, Natalia decided to make it her mission to help those similarly affected by raising funds for the unit that cared so greatly for them during their all too brief time there.


You can keep up to date with where Natalia will be visiting or passing through next, find out more about Elizabeth’s Footprint, and even track Natalia’s walk live at


Natalia’s aim is to visit – on foot – hospitals in the South West and Wales with links to Bristol Children’s Hospital. It will highlight the true size of the area that benefits from the remarkable care offered and afforded to all in the region. After setting off from Cheltenham on 11th March, Natalia will pound pavements, paths and fields for more than two months in a bid to raise £1million for sick children in the South West. 1,000 miles in 70 days.


Her efforts will come to an end on May 29th; the day that would have been Elizabeth’s 8th birthday.


All funds raised through Natalia’s efforts go to Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal: the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity. Backed by Aardman Animations - the brains behind Wallace and Gromit and also based in Bristol - the charity receives support from individuals, businesses and groups both locally and further afield.


The Grand Appeal fundraises tirelessly for Bristol Children's Hospital. It provides life-saving medical equipment and pioneering new facilities that keep it among the very best in the country. As well as this, it funds patient-friendly artwork, playrooms and therapies to keep children’s comfort and wellbeing at the heart of the hospital.


This is by no means Natalia’s first fundraising walk. In 2016 she walked 6,000 miles around the coast of Britain in one year. She has since completed a second ‘Walk of Love’ - 80 miles in 24 hours in December 2017 - and is currently tackling this, her third.


The funds already raised through Elizabeth’s Footprint have enabled Bristol Children’s Hospital to buy three new state-of-the-art ventilators, as well as new equipment for the highly specialist ambulance service that transports the sickest children from their home hospital to Bristol in order to receive critical care.


If you would like to donate to this truly deserving cause then please visit the Elizabeth’s Footprint JustGiving page at

Added 29th March 2018

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