Ipswich: Having a ball to raise funds for the love of brave Camille

ipswich: Hundreds of people united to support a charity aimed at changing the lives of children who have survived brain tumours.

Camille’s Appeal was set up in August 2009 by Martin and Hayley Shave after their daughter, Camille was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of two.

Now, aged four, Camille is free of her cancer but she still has a long way ahead of her.

Thinking of other youngsters in her situation, her family was inspired to set up a fund to help others in rehabilitation after suffering from cancer.

On Friday night, a group of generous fundraisers gathered at Wherstead Park Hall for the a charity ball – an evening that raised more than �7,500.

Sarah Richards, chief executive of the charity, said: “In total the appeal has raised about �170,000, which is amazing.

“The event was a great success, and we were so pleased with how generous everyone was.

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“There was a great auction and people really got behind the appeal which was lovely to see.”

Ms Richards recently met with health bosses at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to discuss how the fund can best help children who attend the hospital for specialist treatment.

She said: “We will be teaming up with two other charities and we hope to provide a third of the money needed for a new rehabilitation service.

“We need to raise about �250,000 in total to be able to do this. We will have lots of fundraising events planned for the next year.”

For more information, visit www.camillesappeal.co.uk

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