Inspired by Josie’s brave fight, girls top £280

Charitable children ... Mill Quealy, Olivia Bixby and Amy Noad, picyured with Dr Alan Lamont and overian cancer sufferer Josie Stephenson, raised �281 for ovarian cancer research.
Charitable children ... Mill Quealy, Olivia Bixby and Amy Noad, picyured with Dr Alan Lamont and overian cancer sufferer Josie Stephenson, raised �281 for ovarian cancer research.

THREE girls from Sudbury have been thanked by a doctor for showcasing their entrepreneurial spirit.

Milly Quealey, Olivia Bixby and Amy Noad, from Corporal Lillie Close, Sudbury, made and sold friendship bracelets for £1 to raise money for ovarian cancer research after hearing that neighbour Josie Stephenson, 72, was dying from the disease.

Mrs Stephenson, who has raised more than £3,500 herself, said: “They came round after the first day with big beams asking how much I thought they had raised.

“I said ‘as much as £5 maybe’ but they had actually made £50.

“They sat for a fortnight at the end of Corporal Lillie Close with their little stand and sold 281 bracelets – I was amazed.”

The girls were given a surprise thankyou for their efforts last week when they were invited on stage before a packed audience at a charity screening of The Bucket List at The Quay Theatre.

Dr Alan Lamont, from the oncology research team at Essex County Hospital, received a cheque for £281 and thanked the girls for their efforts, along with Mrs Stephenson.

“The money will help to get this research moving,” said Mrs Stephenson. “It could help the girls’ generation.”