All for Ella


Iwan Berry

SCORES of friends gathered in their pyjamas to raise funds in the memory of an “inspirational” Ysgol Aberconwy pupil.

More than 100 people gathered to take part in a fundraising walk in tribute to Deganwy girl Ella Hughes.

Ella, who lived on Llwyn Estyn with her mother Sue, older sister Amy and younger brother Owen, died in March after an epileptic seizure.

Many of her friends and fellow pupils in Ysgol Aberconwy held a charity day at the school in her memory, which raised £1,300 for the Epilepsy Bereaved charity.

To continue raising funds, organisers decided to hold a pyjama walk, which led from Colwyn Bay Pier and finished in Happy Valley in Llandudno.

The walkers let off 17 purple balloons at the end of the trek – one for each year of Ella’s life.

Daniel Rhodes, 18, who had known Ella since their schooldays at Ysgol Deganwy, said the walk was organised in her memory.

He said: “Ella was one of the most inspirational and generous people in life, we want to continue her wonderful spirit by honouring her memory.”

He added that more than £750 was collected during the walk, with sponsorship money still coming in over the weekend. Entrants paid £5 to participate.

Funds will also be used to provide a memorial bench or sculpture for Ella.

After the success of the first walk and the level of support shown from Ella’s fellow pupils and people living in the area, the team behind the walk are now keen for it to become an annual event.

Family friend and walk organiser Sheila Green said: “We are hoping to make the pyjama walk an annual event so we can continue to fundraise for years to come.”

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