UPDATED: Thurston pre-school raises £500+ to help four-year-old with brain tumour

Tinkerbells pre-school is raising money to help send Emily Mather to American for treatment for an incurable brain tumour
Tinkerbells pre-school is raising money to help send Emily Mather to American for treatment for an incurable brain tumour
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Ellie Hill has never done any fund raising before, but when her four-year-old cousin was given only six months to live unless she got treatment in the USA, she knew she had to do something – and she raised more than £500..

Ellie Hill has never done any fund-raising before, but when her four-year-old cousin was given only six months to live unless she got treatment in the USA, she knew she had to do something – and she raised more than £500.

A few weeks ago, her cousin Emily Mather, from Barrow-in-Furness, told her parents her head hurt and tests revealed she has a rare brain tumour. She is undergoing chemotherapy but the family say treatment available in America could substantially increase her life.

Ellie, from Bury St Edmunds, has joined her family’s massive fundraising effort to pay for the trip target with the help of Tinkerbells pre-school at Thurston, where she is an apprentice.

They decided to hold a raffle and have been backed by many local businesses, with prize donations from companies including Tesco, The Works, The Parsley Pot, The Card Factory, JoJo Maman Bebe, Toymaster, Waterstones and Abbey Securities.

Ellie said Tinkerbells were thinking of doing a ‘buy and sell’ but decided a raffle was better because parents could take tickets home and sell them.

It was the right choice because before the raffle was drawn today she counted the cash to find they had already raised £510.

“I’m so proud of everyone here,” she said. “It’s so personal to me but the parents and staff have done so much.”

You can donate atwww.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joanne-khandurrani