Community rallies to help brave Keira

Pictured Sall Devereux, 18, - leader, Evie Hotten, seven, Emily Bateman, seven, and Freya Armstrong, seven, on the human fruit machine.

Pictured Sall Devereux, 18, - leader, Evie Hotten, seven, Emily Bateman, seven, and Freya Armstrong, seven, on the human fruit machine.

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Every year Alford Brownies hold a charity coffee morning, but this time it was for a cause particularly close to their hearts.

Brownie leader Emma Wrenn’s six-year-old daughter Keira was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour earlier this year.

The coffee morning raised £350 for Billy’s House in Nottingham which provides home from home accommodation for the families of young cancer sufferers.

Keira was found to be suffering from the inoperable rare brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), after being taken ill during the summer.

Since then she has been treated at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for the brain cancer which affects just 35 children in the UK every year.

Friends and supporters rallied round raising about £4,500 towards a family trip to Disneyland so Keira can meet her idols Micky and Minnie Mouse. The When You Wish Upon a Star charity is also sending Keira on a trip to Lapland.

Emma will be presenting a cheque to children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, which manages Billy’s House, when Keira next attends hospital.

Emma said: “Billy’s House is absolutely fantastic. The staff are extremely friendly and being able to stay there eases financial pressure for families. It is just like being at home. There are lots of toys and other children for Keira to play with.”

Keira has responded well to a course of radiotherapy treatment which has helped improve her mobility.

Emma added: “We are really overwhelmed by everybody’s support and what they have done has been brilliant.Whatever we wanted or needed they have been there.

“There are so many people to thank. Keira does not know to what extent she is poorly. She is doing really well and has recently been going back to school.”