IN less than a week, the loved ones of Weston teenager Evie Ruck will be setting off on a mammoth walk from Weston to Polzeath in her memory.

Evie Ruck passed away on October 8, 2023 following a short battle with cancer. She was just 16 years old.

Evie received care at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI).

On May 5, Evie's mother, Sarah, as well as Evie's stepdad Rob Cox and friends Holly Burrows and Tyler Dew will be starting their coastal trek, which is thought to be around 225 miles.

All proceeds raised will go towards setting up The Monkey Tree Charity, which will help give other families whose loved ones are in the hospital with a safe space to talk, eat and drink.

Weston Mercury: The group will set off on the coastal trek this Sunday.The group will set off on the coastal trek this Sunday. (Image: Sarah Ruck)

Evie's Just Giving page reads: "Our aim is to raise enough money to obtain a property within a few minutes walk to the BRI to provide a warm cosy environment to eat/drink/talk with privacy.

"This is something we struggled to find throughout our months stay with Evie. We will also be providing subsidised food and drink for families, as well as support and resources for those who need it."

The group have been supported by many local sponsors, including Combi Care Weston Ltd and Rachel Homes Estate Agents.

Sarah said: "We will be starting from beside the pier in Weston at 9-10am, and we would love to have as many people join us for our send off, maybe to walk along the beach with us, maybe a bit further to Brean or to Burnham/Highbridge where our day will finish.

"If they would like to get sponsorship for our walk, to help raise funds for The Monkey Tree they can message me on FB or find a form on our Instagram page @themonkeytreecharity.

"Also we will posting live every day @themonkeytreecharity so people can follow our progress and for those who are joining us along the way, they will know where they can find us.

"We really hope to reach beyond our £20,000 target with this challenge!"

Sarah added that she would like to thank all of the local businesses who have sponsored and supported the challenge.