Fundraising for Daisy hits £130k

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Fundraising efforts in memory of Bures schoolgirl Daisy Brooks are continuing, with the total now standing at £130,000.

Led by her parents Louis and Anna and supported by family friends, Daisy’s memory lives on as the family seek to “Do it for Daisy”.

They hope to raise as much money as they can in order to find a cure for the rare brain tumour that led to her death in November.

Next on the long list of events being organised is an Easter family fun day at The Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures, where children will be able to take part in an Easter egg hunt and enjoy Easter crafts and treats.

The family hopes to raise £1,000 from the day, which also includes a barbecue, bouncy castle, raffle, games and refreshments.

The target is to raise as much of the £900,000 needed by Professor Stephen Gill and his team at Southmead Hospital in Bristol for a clinical trial of experimental new methods of delivering chemotherapy drugs into brain stem tumours.

In July, Daisy was the first girl in the world to undergo an operation to fit a catheter drug delivery system directly around the tumour.

Although unsuccessful, Mrs Brooks said the research was vital if a cure is to be found.

“Each child that they do this with, they learn what dosage is safe and how many times they can deliver the drugs,” she said.

“The clinical trial is really going to prove one way or another the success of the treatments.”

Mrs Brooks is proud of the part Daisy played in the research and said it was important they continued to help fund it.

“It helps us stay positive and feel Daisy didn’t die in vain,” she said. “It gives us a focus and makes us feel like Daisy is still with us.

“We are still able to do this for her and that’s really important.”

The Easter fun day is on April 3, from noon to 4pm.

Tickets cost £5 in advance, or £6 on the day, and can be bought from the pub or by calling 01787 227460. Entry for adults is free.