A special event organised by the young best friend of a six-year-old girl who died last year has raised nearly £2,000 for charity.
Brooke Leah McCann wanted to do something in memory of her close pal Clover Nolan, who passed away in November after a streptococcal infection led to sepsis which caused her body to shut down.
The seven-year-old, from Alnwick, decided to arrange Clover Nolan’s Fun Day, in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation and to raise awareness of streptococcal meningitis. The event was staged at Alnwick Community Centre on Sunday and collected £1,858.40 for the cause. Children were encouraged to bring along their favourite teddy bear – because the last shopping trip Brooke and Clover shared was to the Build-A-Bear Workshop at the Metrocentre.
There was a balloon release in memory of Clover, as well as a raffle and stalls, among other things. Brooke’s mum, Claire Swordy, said: “It was a brilliant day and the turnout was fantastic. Everyone had fun, just like Clover would have wanted. It was amazing to raise that much money for charity.”