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Louis runs 50k to remember special aunty

Louis is a young boy with short dark hair, posing with a certificate.

The sudden loss of the family friend he affectionately called Aunty Hazey spurred young Louis Stevens into action. Determined to do something positive in her memory, the 11-year-old set his sights on running an incredible 50k in November 2021.

Louis completed his challenge 10 days early, raising more than £2,000 for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and honouring the memory of Hazel-Ann McWhirter.

His mum Claire says: “Hazel-Ann was part of our family and the kids called her Aunty Hazey. One day in October, she was looking after the kids. The next day she went to the Lakes and suffered a massive bleed on the brain. My children found it so difficult to understand how someone so well one day could not be there the next.

“I told Louis about Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and explained how they helped people who had gone through
what Hazel-Ann did.”

Louis, pictured here with sister Emily and Aunty Hazey, wanted to do something special in memory of their family friend.

The family mapped out a 3.5k route near their home in Glasgow’s south side, and the youngster ran the route every day after school and sometimes twice at the weekend. His remarkable run will help Hazel-Ann’s memory live on.

Claire says: “Losing Hazel-Ann has left a huge hole in all of our lives. She lived round the corner from us and was always there for all of us. She was a special person, and we will never forget her.”

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