Suffolk teenager Rebekah supports the Ipswich Hospital Sunrise Appeal

Rebekah Tavendale, with her grandmothers Sandra Allen and Jenny Tavendale, has organised a fundraise

Rebekah Tavendale, with her grandmothers Sandra Allen and Jenny Tavendale, has organised a fundraiser for the Sunrise Appeal at the Kesgrave Community Centre. - Credit: Su Anderson

A teenager has helped to raise more than £700 for sick babies and children at Ipswich Hospital.

A family variety day organised by 14-year-old Rebekah Tavendale was held at Kesgrave Community Centre on Saturday in aid of The Sunrise Appeal.

The appeal is trying to raise £100,000 to buy new equipment for the hospital’s neonatal and paediatric departments.

The Debenham High School pupil spent 36 hours in Ipswich Hospital’s neonatal unit as a baby after being born a month prematurely.

“I think if we raise money for the children’s unit they will be able to have a good life, even though they started off quite unsteady,” said Rebekah, of Witnesham.