Family step out to remember tragic Sheffield schoolgirl Gabrielle

Faye Smith with children Zach (16), Gabi (12) in March on their last walk together near Bakewell, the last photo of the family together just a couple of weeks before Gabi died.
Faye Smith with children Zach (16), Gabi (12) in March on their last walk together near Bakewell, the last photo of the family together just a couple of weeks before Gabi died.
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A mum who lost her daughter in a tragic drowning incident is setting out on a walk in her memory - and has bravely returned to work just six weeks after the tragedy.

Faye Smith’s 12-year-old daughter Gabrielle Smith died suddenly when she suffered a suspected seizure while taking a bath at her home in Ecclesall, Sheffield, falling unconscious and slipping below the surface of the water.

Faye, who runs a city marketing consultancy, is now taking part in the Stanage Stumble walk in the Peak District on Sunday, along with her son Zach, aged 16, and a large group of friends and family.

The walk - now in its 10th year - is held to raise funds for the Sheffield-based family support charity Home-Start.

Faye said she is planning to make a donation of at least £100 to the good cause.

“Zach, me and a big bunch of friends and family will take on the challenge in Gabi’s memory,” she said.

“As a born and bred Sheffielder, I know I can rely on my friends and family to help me out in a crisis, as indeed they have, first when the children’s father died two years ago, then again last month when Gabi died so tragically.

“Home-Start families are not so fortunate. Those who are referred for help often have no-one to help or guide them.”

Last year Zach had to complete the Stanage Stumble alone, as Gabi had been taken into hospital following a seizure the night before.

“Walking is a really good way of getting trim and fight ing depression,” Faye added.

“For anyone feeling low getting out in the fresh air has proven benefits.”

Faye said she returned to work on Monday for the first time since Gabi’s death.

“It’s good to get back into it,” she added.

“My clients have been really good. They have held off until now, but they have got a living to earn and I want to carry on supporting them.”

Gabi, a pupil at Notre Dame School, died on the night of March 16, and an inquest has been opened.

A fund to help Faye cope financially was set up afterwards by members of St Thomas Philadelphia Church in Crookes.

Fundraising walk

Walkers taking part in Sunday’s Stanage Stumble have a choice of three routes - 12, 17 or 25 miles - and are set a 10-hour time limit to complete their chosen distance.

The event takes in the Limb Valley, Fox House, Stanage Edge and Redmires Moor, starting and finishing at the HSBC Sports Ground on Limb Lane, Dore.

Registration is from 7.30am, with the walk starting at 9.15am.

Runners are welcome, and participants can bring dogs, provided they are kept on a lead. A basic hot meal will be served at the end of the route at the HSBC bar.

Entry costs £10, or £12 on the day. Visit {http://www.hssheffield.org.uk/|Home Start Sheffield|click here{ or call 0114 2788377 for more details.