Colne girl’s 10k trek for poorly grandma

Zoe Rayment Alzheimers Walk

Zoe Rayment Alzheimers Walk

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A spirited little girl from Colne has completed a 10k walk and raised over £500, all for the love of her grandma.

Zoe Rayment, who is only four, completed the Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society to help raise funds toward finding a cure for dementia, a condition Zoe’s grandmother, Mrs Sheila Rayment, (74) was diagnosed with seven years ago.

We are so proud of what she has achieved, she really is a beautiful, selfless little girl

Mum Kimberley Rayment

The pair are very close and although Zoe does not fully understand her grandma’s illness she is aware she is poorly and wanted to do something to help.

Zoe took part in the walk with her proud mum, Mrs Kimberley Rayment and her other grandma, Mrs Joyce Spencer.

Kimberley of Tennyson Road, said: “Zoe is too young to understand why her grandma is the way she is but she loves her very much regardless.

“Originally it was just going to be me and my mum taking part in the walk but Zoe wanted to join in because she said she wanted to help her grandma get better.”

Little Zoe, who has just started school at Park Primary in Colne, became a star on the day of the walk held at Roundhay Park in Leeds as she skipped along and refused the chance to take part in the shorter 2k for younger ones.

The marshalls were cheering her on and Zoe was still running around having fun even after the walk had finished. Also there to cheer them on was dad, Kevin, a window cleaner and Zoe’s big sister Paige, who is 14, and brother Blake (six).

Kimberley, who works at Oddies Bakery in Nelson, added: “Zoe has had a lot of support from family and friends over the past few weeks and we are really grateful for that.

“We are so proud of what she has achieved, she really is a beautiful, selfless little girl. This is her first fundraising effort and it has made her want to to do more now.’’

Donations can still be made through a justgiving page set up on facebook in Kimberley’s name.