A grieving mum who has embarked upon a 6,000-mile trek around the coast of Britain is heading through North Devon this week. Natalia Spencer, 41, set off from Durdle Door in Dorset on February 13 just months after her five-year-old daughter Elizabeth died of a rare illness. Elizabeth spent 18 days on life support at Bristol University Hospital and mum Natalia has since pledged to raise £100,000 for the hospitals Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal. This walk means so much to me, its so much more than fundraising, Natalia told the Gazette. It is a way for me to deal with my grieving and also a way to find a way forward. Natalia, from Cheltenham, arrived in Clovelly on Good Friday. Today (Monday), she is walking from Instow to Braunton before heading from Braunton to Woolacombe on Tuesday; to Combe Martin on Wednesday; and to Lynmouth on Thursday. Natalia, a self-confessed walking novice, has already walked around 500 miles. She hopes to complete her journey at Durdle Door in time for the anniversary of Elizabeths death in December. Im not a hiker; everything is new to me, she said. Its been a hard few weeks as the terrain is really tough but North Devon is so beautiful, particularly Clovelly. At each stage of her Elizabeths Footprint journey, Natalia, who is originally from the Ukraine but has lived in England for eight years, is being offered accommodation by generous host families. She said she had been amazed at the hospitality. People are wonderful; something like this really brings out the best in people. I never knew just how kind people were in the UK; everyone has been so supportive.You can follow journey here or click on one of the links in the panel above.