Crayford gran walks 169km in honour of tragic grandson

PUBLISHED: 16:15 09 August 2012

Tina Mansell with her colleague Andy Breeden

Tina Mansell with her colleague Andy Breeden


A Crayford ambulance worker is walking 169km in honour of her grandson who died when he was five months old.

Tina Mansell, 57, is taking on the challenge with her 43-year-old colleague, Andy Breeden and they will walk from Newbridge in Wales to Hampton Court over the course of four days starting on August 12.

Her grandson, Archie King-Lodge, was born on September 7 last year, nine weeks premature and with organs on the outside of his body and unable to breathe without a ventilator. He died on February 23.

They hope to raise £5,000 and the money will be donated to The Heath University of Wales Hospital, who cared for him. The distance represents one km for every day Archie was alive.

Mrs Mansell, of Mill Place, Crayford, said: “When Archie died I was absolutely devastated. My team-mate asked me if I wanted to do something to make myself feel helpful.

“It’s going to be hard going and a little bit scary, but with Archie in mind it will get us through.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bexley Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Bexley Times