When Thurston Carpet Bowls Club held its annual charity tournament there was an obvious choice for the charity to benefit this year.
Gracie-Mae, the 18 month old granddaughter of Carol and Neil West who organised the Charity Summer Fours Tournament, has had support from the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent since she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma at nine months old.
It is an aggressive cancer affecting her liver, bone marrow and right eye, and the family have received financial, practical and emotional support from CLIC Sargent’s team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the form of play specialists, nurses and social workers.
Neil said: “The fact that there’s a charity like CLIC Sargent who are on hand at the hospital, at the point at which the child is diagnosed, to offer support makes quite a difference.
“CLIC Sargent was an obvious choice because it’s helping people in the area in which the fund raisers mainly lived.”
The tournament had 25 teams of four from all over East Anglia competing and, with a raffle, tombola and quizzes, raised £1,111.
Fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent, Daisy Turner said: “Last year CLIC Sargent supported 70 families in Suffolk, just like Gracie-Mae’s which is why the support of Thurston Carpet Bowls Club and everyone who attended is so important as we rely on voluntary donations.”
Gracie-Mae is coming to the end of her treatment but it will be a few weeks before the family find out if it has worked.
Carol said: “Gracie has had to endure chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant and then radiotherapy.
“Throughout everything, Gracie remains a happy smiley, loving child, taking it all in her stride.”