Stonea parents to take on epic tractor ride in memory of Mikayla – a real outdoors girl
- Credit: Ian Burt
With her dazzling smile little Mikayla was a shining light of love and laughter.
But just a few days after her fourth birthday the fun-loving daughter of proud parents Alyson and Neil Clark was diagnosed with a tumour on her brain stem.
Given just six months to live, Mikayla lived her life to the full and enjoyed time with her family before she died in April this year.
Now in memory of their daughter, and to raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), Mr and Mrs Clark, of Stonea near March, are to set off on a 990-mile tractor journey from Land's End to John O'Groats.
Already more than £10,000 in sponsorship money has been donated for EACH, after Mikayla received care from their Milton hospice.
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The little girl was taken to A and E at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in October last year after her parents saw her change over a number of weeks and felt there was more to it than a diagnosis she was given of tonsillitis.
'She was an outgoing, courageous girl. She would come out on the farm with me. But her whole persona changed, she was less willing to go forward to do things,' said her father, E.H. Morris (Stonea) farm manager. The parents, who have a two-year-old son called Alfie, were told it would be a miracle for Mikayla to survive the weekend after the severity of her tumour was known. But she did and was given three weeks of palliative radiotherapy, which relieved her symptoms.
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Mr Clark said: 'She bounced out of it a bit after radiotherapy. She was losing various bits and pieces and the ability to speak was one of them. But she was returning to her old self. Mikayla used to love coming out on the farm. Even if it was just going for a drive. She was a proper outdoors girl.'
The couple will set off on November 1, and should arrive in John O'Groats five days later. They are still calling for help from a haulier to bring the tractor back.
To sponsor the ride go to www.justgiving.com/Princess-Mikayla or text PMMC50 + £amount to 70070.