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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Family and friends raise cash for brave Carlisle girl

The bravery and determination of a young leukaemia sufferer inspired family and friends to organise a fundraising fun day.

Courtney Walsh photo
Courtney Walsh with mum Claire Hill

Twelve-year-old Courtney Walsh, of Coalfell Avenue, Raffles, Carlisle, was diagnosed in May and has been receiving treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Her aunties Angela Masterton, Michelle Walsh and Emma Scott organised the family fun day at the Border Reiver, in Holmrook Road, Sandsfield Park, on Saturday. The event raised £800 for Teenage Cancer Trust and Leukaemia and Lymphona Research.

Michelle said: “My daughter, Kelsey Blaylock, came up with the idea because she wanted to do something for Courtney. We just put it into motion.”

Angela added: “The idea is to raise money and raise awareness about childhood cancers. Courtney is such an inspiration. She’s been so brave. We wanted to give something back.”

The Border Reiver provided a function room free of charge. The entertainment included a raffle, competitions, a bouncy castle, barbecue, face painting and a disco with DJ Mike Harding.

Two of Courtney’s uncles, Steven Elgey and Michael Celmins, and their friends Fraser Simpson and Jonny Gabi, went through a sponsored leg wax. And cousins, Kelsey Blaylock and Sophie Celmins, and friend Faye O’Neil, had previously raised £200 through bag packing.

Courtney, who was well enough to visit school friends at Richard Rose Morton Academy before the end of term, said she was touched by the effort which went into the fun day.

Her mum, Claire Hill, said: “She’s so resilient. She takes it all on the chin. The doctors are confident she will make a full recovery but it’s going to be a long process.”

The Border Reiver hosts another fun day on Sunday, from midday, raising money for the Olivia Story Trust, the Great North Air Ambulance and the Stroke Association.

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