Sunday, 30 August 2015

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Cumbrian woman's fund-raising charity events in memory of sister

The elder sister of a Carlisle girl who died after suffering a head injury is organising a charity event in her memory.

Gemma de Quincey photo
Gemma de Quincey

In 1994, Danielle Jay de Quincey had a fall in the toilets at the Currock Villa Youth Club which left her with fatal head injuries.

It was a freak accident which claimed the life of the four-year-old and left her family devastated.

Since Danielle’s death, her sister Gemma de Quincey Topping has continued to raise cash for the brain injury charity Headway.

Gemma, 30, of Curthwaite, near Carlisle, said: “We were very close and I still miss her.

“I’ve done quite a bit of fund-raising like jumping out of planes and swimming with sharks.

“I had a daughter in November so I was unable to organise anything dangerous so I thought I would have a charity event instead.”

It will take place on Friday, March 30 from 7pm at Morton Manor in Carlisle.

The event will include a fashion show by LS Boutique in Denton Holme. Gemma, a teaching assistant at James Rennie School in Carlisle, said: “I’m hoping about 100 people will come along.

“There will be stalls including Bluebella, Sprinkes and Sparkles, Arbonne, Perfumes for Less, Cirrus, Phoenix Sunshine Nails and Karina’s Crafts.

“There will also be a raffle with prizes. It’s the chance for a bit of pampering.”

Tickets cost £5 and are available from Gemma or via a Facebook page that has been set up.

Money raised at the event will be used to support people with brain injuries and their carers.

Since her death, Gemma, has been keen to raise awareness about head injuries and ensure Danielle’s memory lives on.


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