Grandad’s care inspires Skye

Cash boost ... Ian Norris, from St Nicholas Hospice Care, is presented with a �500 cheque from Great Cornard schoolgirl Skye Sheppard.

Cash boost ... Ian Norris, from St Nicholas Hospice Care, is presented with a �500 cheque from Great Cornard schoolgirl Skye Sheppard.

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A TEENAGER has raised money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in memory of her grandfather.

Skye Sheppard, 13, from St Andrew’s Road, Great Cornard, presented the hospice in Bury St Edmunds with a cheque for £500.

She decided to help the charity after her grandad Roy Cragg died of cancer.

“Because they cared for him so well, and as a gesture of thanks, I started doing cake sales at Great Cornard Middle School and then I did a balloon release at Waitrose in Sudbury,” she said.

Skye lives with her mother Donna Bartlett, father Simon Sheppard, brother Jacob, 12, and sister Daisy, six. She also has two sisters, Leah and Sherry Bartlett, who live in Sudbury.

Miss Bartlett said: “It is really nice – they were all very close to their grandad and his final days when he was at the hospice were made very comfortable and so she wanted to thank them.”

Ian Norris, St Nicholas Hospice Care community fundraiser, said: “Skye has done brilliantly to raise this amount and what’s more it was all her own idea.

“The £500 she has raised is terrific and will be such a big help in looking after our patients and their families.”

Skye is now concentrating her efforts on raising a further £500 for Cancer Research UK.