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Brandon teacher will take to the skies in memory of Sudbury’s Arran Tosh

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Stacey Knapp ANL-140715-090707009

A trainee teacher from Brandon will learn what it is like to jump out of a plane when she takes to the skies for a daring fund-raiser next Friday.

Stacey Knapp, 24, is doing a sponsored parachute jump to help raise funds for The Smile of Arran, a trust being set up in memory of 13-year-old Arran Tosh.

Arran, from Sudbury, died on June 7, five days after being diagnosed with a slow growing brain tumour.

The trust will support those who helped Arran, and other charities linked to his life, including the Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke’s, Children’s Brain Tumour Research and Cancer Research UK, but to open it Arran’s family first need to raise £10,000.

Miss Knapp, who worked alongside Arran’s Mum, Alison, for a few months while training at his old primary school, has funded the jump herself so any money donated will go directly to the fund.

She said: “I’ve got young nieces and nephews who are almost Arran’s age, so I can’t imagine what they’re going through to have lost Arran so young. Ali’s been a friend of the family for years so I want to do everything I can to set up the trust.”

Of next week’s jump, she added: “At first I was really excited but now it’s next week I’m getting a bit nervous, but I am really looking forward to it.”

At the time of his death, Arran had been fund-raising for Cancer Research, inspired by his aunt’s battle with breast cancer.

He had committed himself to having his head shaved at school this week if his total had reached £1,000 - though he only saw it top £750, it now stands at £18,000.

To sponsor Miss Knapp, go to www.gofundme.com/smileofarran

 

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