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Brave teenager loses battle for life

PUBLISHED: 10:56 22 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 March 2010

A BRAVE teenage fundraiser has died after a long struggle against liver disease.

Kara Tournay-Godfrey, 16, died after a long battle against ill-health - but never lost her sense of humour.

A BRAVE teenage fundraiser has died after a long struggle against liver disease.

Kara Tournay-Godfrey, 16, died after a long battle against ill-health – but never lost her sense of humour.

Her devastated family is determined that her name will carry on and are raising money for improvements to the ward at Ipswich Hospital where she spent he last days.

Kara, of Wimborne Avenue in Ipswich, took part in fundraising events on behalf of the Children's Liver Disease Foundation – she was a talented musician and singer.

She took the stage to sing Titanic hit "My Heart will go on" at a concert for fellow pupils at Copleston School.

Today her mother Delia said she had died in Bergholt ward at Ipswich Hospital after Liver cancer had developed.

"She had suffered from liver problems since she was a toddler, but that turned to liver cancer and by the time that was diagnosed nothing could be done," said Mrs Tournay-Godfrey.

"It has been heartbreaking for the family, we have almost been living at the hospital."

Kara died on Thursday, and her fellow pupils at Copleston were told the sad news by deputy head Martin Burley yesterday.

"She was a very talented musician and singer, and we will all miss her mischeivous sense of humour and infectious giggle," he said.

In March 2000, the popular Copleston High School pupil teamed up with friends at her own charity event where she sang the song for which she will be remembered.

The musical medley called Serenata II, where Kara played the clarinet, raised hundreds for fellow sufferers.

Now her parents Delia and Craig Tournay Godfrey, a former councillor, as well as Kara's elder sister Jade, 20, have pledged to continue fund raising.

The family wants to turn the room where she spent her last days in Bergholt Ward at Ipswich Hospital into "Kara's Room," with a new look.

Her funeral is due to take place at St Augustine's Church, Ipswich on June 28 at 11pm.

The family is asking for donations, rather than flowers, that should be sent to Kara's Room, Bergholt Amenity fund c/o Michael Smy Funeral directors.

See the Evening Star next week for a look at the proposed memorial for this brave teenager.

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