On Monday, 14 November, we held a charity day to raise money for Smiles With Grace. This charity was set up by my cousin, Grace, at the age of 14, when she was suffering a serious brain tumour, the second in a seven year battle that started in 2007. Unfortunately after two brain tumours, two brain haemorrhages and a stroke, Grace passed away two years ago.
Thankfully the work of Smiles With Grace continues by supporting families with relatives suffering from tumours, strokes and other cancerous diseases. Even though not everyone can win their battle, Smiles With Grace works to ensure that what time they have left, be it long or short, is lived to the full and that not one day is wasted - building memories that will help those who are left behind.
To help support the exceptional work of this charity, we held a bake sale, and staff and pupils could come to school dressed in purple, as this was Grace’s favourite colour. We raised just over £710; this money will help fund research to ensure that tumours can be identified easily and be put towards helping people achieve things they want to do before they no longer have the chance. It is so important that people have the support they need to feel safe when they are in a vulnerable and insecure position, and that is why, with the help of St Gabriel’s and my family, I decided to try and make a difference.
Thank you to everyone involved for their support; it was wonderful to have such generosity and smiles for Grace!