June 20 2013 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
More than 400 people are expected to take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the children of a woman who died shortly before giving birth.
Mum-of-two Leyla Stadrettin, 27, is taking part in the walk to honour Holly Eldridge who died last August.
It has been organised by Holly’s mum Bernie Eldridge.
The 25-year-old passed away after contracting pneumonia shortly after giving birth to her second child, and Miss Stadrettin, of Steynton Avenue, Bexley Village, is going to lead the merry troop from Blackheath to Bermondsey dressed as a fairy in high heels.
Miss Stadrettin said: “I’d met Holly a few times through a friend but I became quite good friends with her mum after she died. I think I was a source of comfort because I’ve got two children myself.
“When she walked into a room her smile would light up.”
She said she has already raised over £200 from businesses and parents at Hurst Primary School, in Dorchester Avenue, Bexley. That money had already been placed into a trust fund for Miss Eldridge’s children.
Mr Stadrettin hopes to raise £500 in total and has set her sights on more future fundraising challenges.
She said: “As well as raising more money for the children I want to support an Alzheimer’s charity, because it is a cause close to my heart.”
To sponsor Leyla and the other walkers, call her on 07779 664386 or contact her on Facebook.