Trust dedicated to local teen gets charitable status

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A trust founded in memory of 13-year-old Arran Tosh, who died from a brain tumour last year, has been granted charitable status.

The Smile of Arran Trust has so far raised more than £40,000 following his death in June, which inspired friends and family to fundraise in his honour.

His mum Alison and dad Stephen were delighted to achieve full charitable status, which allows them to publicise the cause in shops and makes it easier for people to donate online.

“I’m really, really pleased,” said Mrs Tosh. “Stephen has been working on it for the last seven months.

“Because there has been so many people fundraising, it is nice to put it out there.

“I think it will open a lot of doors as a charity to help people and to get the awareness.”

Mrs Tosh said they have partnered with the Brain Tumour Charity, which works with families and children who have been diagnosed.

Any money donated will be used to provide grants to those who need it most.

“It means that the Brain Tumour Charity will be able to look into their circumstances and pass them on to us,” said Mrs Tosh.

The family also hope to use part of the donations to fund trips for children to visit Lourdes in France as part of the HCPT charity – a cause Arran had supported.

Several fundraising events have been planned for the rest of the year, including a sponsored walk on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

On May 30, Alli Burke, whose son played in a band with Arran, has organised a Big Busk event on the streets of Sudbury. She is looking for acts to join in.

The event will pay tribute to Arran who busked last year with two friends in aid of Cancer Research UK.