‘I don’t want anybody to lose a best friend like I did’

Brooke Leah McCann, her auntie Sam Swordy and her mother Claire Swordy. Brooke is holding the teddy bear she bought with Clover, on their last shopping trip together.
Brooke Leah McCann, her auntie Sam Swordy and her mother Claire Swordy. Brooke is holding the teddy bear she bought with Clover, on their last shopping trip together.

The young best friend of a six-year-old girl who died last year is organising a special fund-raising event in her memory.

Brooke Leah McCann was left devastated when her close pal Clover Nolan passed away in November, after a streptococcal infection led to sepsis which caused her body to shut down.

Clover Nolan

Clover Nolan

Now, seven-year-old Brooke is arranging Clover Nolan’s Fun Day, in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation and to raise awareness of streptococcal meningitis.

And children are encouraged to bring their favourite teddy bear to the event – because the last shopping trip Brooke and Clover shared was to the Build-A-Bear Workshop at the Metrocentre.

Brooke, from Alnwick, said: “Clover got a blue teddy and I got a white one called Scruffy. The reason why I want to hold this event and raise money is because Clover was my best friend and I don’t want anybody else to lose a best friend like I did.”

Brooke, a pupil at the town’s St Michael’s C of E First School, was joined by her brother Deegan, three, to release balloons last Wednesday, on what would have been Clover’s seventh birthday.

As part of the Fun Day, which will be staged at Alnwick Community Centre on Sunday, August 2, a balloon release will take place in tribute to Clover at 2pm. Event-goers will be encouraged to write a message to her on a balloon (priced £1 each).

The event, taking place from 11am to 4pm, will feature a raffle – with prizes donated by local businesses – stalls, fun fair, face-painting and many more activities. Admission is by donation on the door.

Brooke’s mum Claire Swordy encouraged people to attend the event. She said: “I’m so proud of Brooke. I think it is important to raise awareness and money for the charity. I’d like to thank everyone who has donated prizes for the raffle.”

For more details and for raffle tickets, send Claire a message via her Facebook page.