IT'S not every day you see a clown, skeleton and cheerleader marching through the streets and countryside of Warrington in their walking boots.

But that's exactly what happened at the weekend when friends and family of Julie Allen McKenna gathered to remember the much-loved mum-of-three.

More than 20 of her loved ones, including her three children Ryan, Brad and Olivia, united for the sponsored walk to raise money for MIND.

The charity, which supports those who are struggling with mental health problems, is close to their hearts following Julie’s death five years ago.

Her sister Jackie Emson, who dressed up as Jessie from Toy Story, said: “It was always going to be emotional so the fancy dress was a bit of fun.

“It was a great day. Everyone made such a great effort with their outfits and we are almost at our target of £2,000.”

The 12k walk started and finished at the London Bridge Inn in Appleton, taking the group around four hours to complete.

All the walkers were given a medal from Warrington Trophy World on Irwell Road to remember the day.

Family friend Adam Owen won the best fancy dress prize after modelling the attire of an air hostess.

It was Julie’s daughter Olivia who first came who with the idea a couple of months ago to remember her mum.

The 22-year-old, from Appleton, said: “My mum was such a kind-hearted person and loved by so many.

“She is sadly missed by us all.

“We wanted to take part in this walk and honour her memory and give back to people who may need the help too.

“My mum would have been so proud of us all.

“She would have loved us all laughing and smiling together.”

Donations continue to roll in following the sponsored walk.

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