Pyjama walk in aid of brave Plymouth teenager Katie-Lou
TWO teenagers are hoping to raise money for a schoolgirl who was left brain damaged after jumping into 20ft waves to save her friend – by wearing their pyjamas in public.
Seventeen-year-old Jemma Kay and 14-year-old Millie Springbett, both from Brixton, have planned a sponsored walk to raise money for their "brave" friend Katie-Lou MacLean, who suffered a serious brain injury after being "bashed against the harbour wall" at Eyemouth, Scotland, in June.
The girls are planning a one-mile sponsored walk on the Hoe in their slippers and PJs.
Through their challenge the girls hope to raise vital funds for 14-year-old former Ivybridge Community College student Katie-Lou's rehabilitation.
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On June 4 Katie-Lou tried to rescue her friend Tempany Sylvester from 20ft waves that swept them both out to sea.
While her friend was rescued unhurt Katie-Lou was bashed against the harbour wall and swept onto the rocks which resulted in her going untold minutes without breathing or a heartbeat, her parents said.
As a result the brave teenager spent three weeks in intensive care and has since been moved to the neurology ward at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, in Edinburgh, where she is expected to remain until next year.
She will need life-long care and adaptations to her home.
Jemma, a family friend of Katie-Lou, said: "We just want to raise as much money as we can to help her recover.
"It is upsetting but we want to help her make the best of it.
"She was very brave and we want people to recognise that and also to raise awareness of the dangers of the sea."
Jemma and Millie hope to raise £200 towards her rehabilitation.
The girls will be donating their total to the Care for Katie-Lou fund already set up.
The walk takes place on October 27 at 1.30pm.
To sign up contact Jemma on email@example.com.