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School pays tribute to nine-year-old Nayland girl who died from brain tumour

By Priya Kingsley-Adam

Lizzie Bramall, left, with her cousings Alice and Eleanor Cross (4968183)
Lizzie Bramall, left, with her cousings Alice and Eleanor Cross (4968183)

A headteacher has paid an emotional tribute to a young girl from Nayland, who died last week, describing her as a “wonderful example to children across the school.”

Lizzie Bramall, of Bear Street, was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumour earlier this year.

The nine-year-old underwent radiotherapy and drug treatment to stop the disease from spreading.

Peter Jones, headmaster at Littlegarth School in Nayland, led the tributes on behalf of staff and children.

“Brave, beautiful, happy, inspiring, kind, incredible, smart and full of love - these are just some of the words that were used by her classmates to describe their special friend, after they were told of the tragic loss of Lizzie last week,” he said.

“Lizzie Bramall was one of the most delightful girls that it has been my pleasure to teach.”

Mr Jones described Lizzie as a “central member” at the school, who first joined in nursery.

“Lizzie loved life to the full and to her, each new challenge was an opportunity to learn and help others to have a lovely time,” he said.

Mr Jones praised her determination and kind nature, which impacted others at the school.

“Lizzie has always tried to do the right thing in life and has set a wonderful example to children across the school, earning the love and respect of the whole school community.”

“Since her diagnosis in February, Lizzie coped with her illness with remarkable resolve, and a keen determination to help doctors to find a cure for those children who will be diagnosed with brain tumours in the future.”

Following her diagnosis, Lizzie’s Fund was set up to support research into brain tumours among young children.

Lizzie became a passionate fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity, which funds research and supports those affected by the disease.

She organised a number of events at school and recently published a cookery book, Keep Baking, which has received support from television presenter Noel Edmonds, and celebrity chef Nadiya Hussain.

Mr Jones added: “Our school community is devastated by her loss, but her example to all has drawn us together in a very special way.

“Her selfless approach to life in recent months has reminded us all of our responsibility to be kind and thoughtful to each other.

“I know that the school community will continue to support the fundraising work of Lizzie, and parents Sally and Mark in the months and years to come.”

To make a donation to Lizzie's Fund, go online to: https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/get-involved/our-supporter-groups/supporter-groups/groups/lizzies-fund/


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