An ARMY of volunteers behind a new fundraising group set up in Sheffield in honour of a city youngster have netted hundreds of pounds through an event organised in aid of a national brain tumour charity.
Big-hearted supporters of Sophie’s Wish say they were inspired to help the charity umbrella group after hearing the story of brave Hillsborough toddler Sophie Burchill, who has been battling a brain tumour since she was 11 months old.
A family fun day held at St Thomas Church, Crookes, officially launched the cause and raised more than £650 for brain tumour awareness and research.
Family friend Jenny Habgood, from Ecclesall, said: “I’ve known Sophie’s mum Abi for 15 years and when Sophie was diagnosed, everybody was shocked and heartbroken.”
“We just want to do something to help them out and to raise awareness of brain tumours.”
Amy Palmer, from Crookes, who attended the event, said: “It’s really lovely to see Sophie, who’s clearly been so poorly, running around with more energy than everyone else put together!”
Support for the group has also flooded in from other people across the city.
Cake sales, street collections, marathon runs and donations have already raised more than £2,500.
Proceeds will go to Brain Tumour Research - a group of 18 brain tumour charities and several umbrella groups, including Sophie’s Wish - working together across the UK to raise funds for more research into the causes and treatment of brain tumours.
Sophie’s dad Pete said: “We are thrilled to see so many committed volunteers coming together so quickly to support this vital cause, and we look forward to working with them all on our future fundraising events.”
n Visit www.sophieswish.org.uk for more information or to donate to the cause.