Much-loved teenager Grace Boxall remembered on first anniversary of her death
PUBLISHED: 17:30 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:39 24 September 2014
An inspirational teenager who founded her own cancer charity after battling the disease has been remembered on the first anniversary of her death.
Friends and family of Grace Boxall raised funds for Smiles with Grace by completing a nine-mile walk on Sunday.
The 15-year-old lost her six-year battle with brain cancer on September 26 2013. She set up her charity while she was in remission in 2011, which led to her winning the Recorder’s Young Citizen award, but sadly the disease returned.
Approximately 200 people took part in the walk, which kicked off at 11am at Chigwell School, where Grace was a student.
Many of the patrons of the charity are Grace’s friends from the school.
Headteacher Michael Punt said: “It went extremely well. It was a lovely walk on a warm autumn day, with friends of Grace, their families, pupils and staff.
“Everyone felt like they were doing something to support Grace’s parents Karen and Peter, while also raising some money for the charity.”
The walkers made their way along the banks of the River Roding before stopping off for refreshments at Woodford Green Preparatory School, where Grace was also a student.
The group then travelled back to Chigwell School through Epping Forest and the Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve.
Mr Punt said: “What was remarkable about Grace was that despite everything she had to contend with in terms of her own health, her priority was always to think of others.
“Although she is not here, this lives on in her charity.”
Smiles with Grace has raised almost £90,000 to date to support children with life-threatening conditions.
It is sponsoring a project at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where the teenager was treated, to help children who have lesions on their spinal cords.
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