Ipswich/Bramford: Brave Erin, 3, full of smiles after pub donates presents

ADORABLE Erin Colley is full of smiles today after kind-hearted residents united to raise vital funding for the bright little star.

Erin, who is just three years old, was diagnosed with leukaemia on August 26, 2011, when she was two.

After treatment at both Ipswich and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the tot is still undergoing chemotherapy despite being declared cancer-free.

The youngster has been busy playing with toys presented to her by staff at the Bramford Cock.

Staff at the pub held a 70s disco to raise money for the youngster, while a back wax also raked in cash. In total staff and their faithful punters raised more than �1,000, much of which has been used to buy a special wetsuit so that she can go swimming.

Julie West, bar supervisor at the pub in The Street, Bramford, said that brave Erin “thoroughly deserved” all of the presents she was given.

Mrs West said: “We wanted to raise money for a local cause and through word of mouth at the pub we heard about Erin and we wanted to raise money for her, we also saw the story in The Star.

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“She was so happy when she got all the presents and the specially made wetsuit means a lot I think.

“Because of the chemotherapy, Erin has Hickman lines, and she isn’t allowed to get them wet. She hasn’t been able to go swimming or anything, but with this new suit she will be able to.

Proud mum Lisa Colley, of Spenser Road, Ipswich, said: “She was completely spoiled, but it was so nice of everyone at the Bramford Cock to do this. Erin just can’t wait to go swimming now.

“She was given so much, they are all so kind for doing this. She got a trip to Peppa Pig World and she really can’t wait for that and lots of other presents.

“We can’t really believe how generous everyone has been, because we have already had money donated so that Erin can go to Disneyland Paris when she’s better. It is just all so unexpected.”

Her sisters Ellyse, ten, and Amelia, seven – who both attend Whitton Primary – were also given gifts at last week’s event.

Erin’s parents took her to the Deben Road doctor’s surgery when they noticed her tiny body was covered in bruises and her energy levels rapidly declined. Erin was urgently referred to Ipswich Hospital and diagnosed with leukaemia the same day.

n Have you raised money for a worthy cause? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN. Alternatively, e-mail to starnews@archant.co.uk