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Bexley student's race with Mel C in memory of 11-year-old Meningitus victim Lucy Rendell
A STUDENT nurse from Bexley is preparing to tackle a half marathon to mark the 10th anniversary of her friend’s sudden death.
Chislehurst schoolgirl Lucy Rendell passed away just two days after being diagnosed with Meningitis in March 2003. She was 11-years-old.
Her close friend and fellow Beaverwood School pupil, Daniella Boyle, has been chosen to run the Great North Run with former Spice Girl Mel C to raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation next month.
The 22-year-old, of Marden Crescent, told News Shopper: "Lucy was dearly loved girl by all. She had a smile which would light up the room, her laugh was a sound loved by all.
"Her family and friends were devastated by her death and she is dearly missed every single day by all who loved her.
"It hit everyone really, really hard and luckily the community together really pulled together and started fundraising."
Lucy Rendell was just 11-years-old when she died of Meningitis
Miss Boyle won a competition to become part of Team North, captained by Mel C, to take on their southern counterparts in a charity challenge by writing 100 words on why she should be picked.
The University of Greenwich student said: "I used to be obsessed with the Spice Girls!
"I’ve never done anything like this before.
"It started off as a bit of a laugh with my dad but he has to pull out because of his arthritis and now I’m running it on my own.
The 13.1-mile race from Newcastle to South Shields is taking place on September 15 and Meningitis Awareness Week starts the following day.
To make a donation text the code LLRE55 1,2,3,4,5 or 10 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/Daniella-Boyle.
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