A FUNDRAISER is walking 10,000 steps a day all month in memory of her best friend who died at Bluebell Wood aged 13.
Chloe Aitken (22) said goodbye to “sister by bond” Georgia Finlayson at the North Anston children’s hospice in 2012.
Georgia a previously healthy girl described by family as “loving, beautiful and full of mischief” died a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Chloe, of Maltby, said: “Me and Georgia had been best friends as long as I can remember.
“We grew up on the same street, were in the same classes at school and we did absolutely everything together. We were sisters, not by blood, but by bond.
“Our friendship grew stronger and stronger throughout her illness, but we were still just two naughty kids who would do anything and everything that got us into trouble!
“We caused all sorts of mischief at Bluebell Wood but, despite the circumstances, we had the best times together.
“Bluebell Wood really is a beautiful place and it used to make me forget she wasn’t well,” she added.
“This was all thanks to Bluebell Wood and the amazing team there, so it really does deserve all the recognition in the world.”
Georgia’s dad Harry has raised tens of thousands for the charity, whose mascot dog is even named after her.
Jason Gossop, regional fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “It was our privilege to be there for Georgia, her family and Chloe in those final months and we’ve been humbled by their support ever since.
“Chloe’s challenge is a wonderfully moving and thoughtful way to pay tribute to her best friend and we’ll be cheering her on every step of the way.”
Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/chloe-aitken1 to sponsor Chloe.