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Smile of Arran gifts £4.5K to hospital wards

Arran pictured with his family, from left to right Chloe, Stephen, Alison and Abbie Tosh. ANL-141106-093746001
Arran pictured with his family, from left to right Chloe, Stephen, Alison and Abbie Tosh. ANL-141106-093746001

The Smile of Arran trust, set up in memory of Arran Tosh who died from a brain tumour in June 2013, has supported wards that cared for the 13-year-old while he was in hospital.

Money continues to pour in as family members, friends, businesses and local organisations get together to take on fundraising activities, including two runners taking part in the recent London Marathon.

Arran’s parents, Alison and Stephen, recently visited the children’s ward C2 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to donate £2,000 towards a wifi jukebox.

“That’s already been helping people in their recovery,” said Mrs Tosh, whose son was a keen musician.

Money also went to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).

In total the Smile of Arran Trust handed over £4,500 to the hospital, with £2,000 going to the paediatric intensive care unit where Arran spent his last few days.

This money has been used to purchase comfortable chairs which can be turned into beds for family members.

A further £500 was donated to Acorn House where families can stay, the House also providing essentials such as toothbrushes.

This was a particularly personal donation as Mrs Tosh spent time at Acorn House while Arran was in hospital.

The family is also hoping to support Brainbow, a rehabilitation service which supports children with brain tumours.

Money continues to come in from throughout the community in both Suffolk and Essex where the family used to live and Arran went to school, attending Hedingham Secondary School and Sixth Form.

Most recently two runners completed the London Marathon in aid of the charity.

Joe Stone and Alice Wotton completed the gruelling 26.2-mile run, raising nearly £3,000 between them.

The next fundraiser is one close to the family’s hearts.

Wethersfield Music Festival takes place on Saturday June 4, falling just three days before the second anniversary of Arran’s death.

The proximity to the date, combined with Arran’s love of music, makes the day very special for the family.

Mrs Tosh said the event would be an opportunity to celebrate Arran’s life.

The family-friendly day takes place at Wethersfield Playing Field from 1pm-9pm.

As well as supporting Addenbrooke’s Hospital the family continues to support Clic Sargent, with £13,000 of the £15,000 donated by the Trust in October already used to help other families.

Other monies have gone to supporting trips for children to Lourdes through HCTP’s Group 19 and financial backing for both The Brain Tumour Charity and Brain Tumour Research.

For more information visit www.smileofarran.org/

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