Enormous crocodiles and Oompa Loompas raise money for Glemsford child’s charity

FULL SUPPORT:Belinda Starie and her brother Adam with children and staff from Glemsford Primary School which held a fancy dress day to support Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.
FULL SUPPORT:Belinda Starie and her brother Adam with children and staff from Glemsford Primary School which held a fancy dress day to support Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Glemsford children dressed up as Oompa Loompas, The Enormous Crocodile and more to raise money for a charity that has helped a classmate.

Pupils and teachers at Glemsford Primary School took part in a Dahlicious Dress Up Day and coffee morning on Friday, spending the day as their favourite characters from books by Roald Dahl.

They raised £192.95 for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps seriously ill and disabled children, as a thankyou for the charity’s support to Year 4 pupil Belinda Starie, nine.

Catriona Starie, Belinda’s mum, said: “In April, she kept suffering with headaches and blurred vision, so I took her to the opticians and they referred her to the accident and emergency ward at West Suffolk Hospital.”

Belinda was diagnosed with a blood clot in her head which was preventing her body from dispersing spinal fluid normally, meaning she needed to have lumbar punctures and a valve fitted to help drain the fluid as well as taking blood-thinning medication.

“It was scary and hard for her as she couldn’t get about and was having horrendous headaches – it was really difficult,” said Miss Starie, from Causeway Close.

The treatment would have meant continuing the daily trips to West Suffolk Hospital if Dr Matthew Piccaver at Glemsford Surgery had not told Miss Starie about Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and the help it can provide.

“It gave us £300 for a coagulant check machine, which meant we could do Belinda’s checks, which she needs every day, at home,” she said.

“She still has the valve in and is still on her medicine but she is getting on really well.”

Miss Starie, who works as a receptionist at Guildhall Surgery in Clare and also has a son Adam, seven, praised Glemsford Primary School for its support during Belinda’s early treatment and for holding the fancy dress day as a thankyou,

“The school has been brilliant with her, sending her work and being helpful with the time off she had,” she said.

“Friday was amazing – I couldn’t believe how many people came in different outfits.”

Headteacher Clare Farrant said: “The children had a wonderful day. We felt it was important to support the charity.”