Thousands of pounds have been raised as the north Northumberland community has been inspired by the tale of a courageous five-year-old with a brain tumour.
Last month, the Gazette told the story of Izzy Rennie, from Lesbury, who is undergoing chemotherapy for a rare low-grade slioma – a slow-growing tumour.
At the weekend, two special events were held to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity and Hipsburn First School, where Izzy is a pupil.
On Saturday, a charity evening took place at The Alnwick Garden featuring a three-course dinner, raffle and music from the Llanddulas Male Voice Choir, from Wales – Izzy’s grandfather is a member.
The following day, the choir performed again, this time at Hipsburn First School, in an event which saw children and parents joining in the singing.
Across the weekend, £3,729.81 was raised, which will be split equally between the charity and the school.
It has left the family – dad Scott, mum Katie and sisters Lauren and Hannah – delighted.
“The girls absolutely loved it,” said Katie. “We thought they would come for a couple of songs, but no, they stayed all night and loved it, talking to people and mingling. We can’t praise the Garden staff enough, they made the whole night fantastic. We can’t thank everyone enough for all their support.”
This includes the school, to whom Scott and Katie are so grateful. “When Izzy goes off every day, we know she’s looked after. It’s a massive weight off our minds,” added Katie.
And others having been getting in on the fund-raising for the Brain Tumour Charity.
Lauren and Izzy themselves raised £104.41 through selling eggs from a stall at home.
Friends Marilyn and Joe Vickers, from Rennington, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and had donations instead of gifts, raising £1,021.50. Izzy’s friends Joel and Isaac Ellis ran the Junior Great North Run, raising more than £200, while her helper at school, Louise Dawson, ran the senior race, raising £800.
RAF Boulmer personnel also collected around £70 on a charity walk to split between the charity and the school.