Cancer survivor raises funds as ‘thank you’

Organiser Elloise Birch
Organiser Elloise Birch

AFTER years of battling leukaemia as a child, Shoreham woman Elloise Birch is planning a big fundraising event now she is in remission.

The 26-year-old is organising the event to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

Elloise Birch said: “I was in the Herald a lot when I was younger, probably around 1993 onwards, as when I had leukaemia, I was always having money raised for me and sent on trips, etc.

“I am now fully recovered and I am holding a fundraiser in Shoreham. I want to raise as much as I can.

“I have been kindly given use of St John Ambulance hall, which is just next to the police station in Shoreham.”

Elloise had treatment at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as a child. Among the trips she was given was one to Disneyland when she was six. Thousands of pounds was raised through a variety of fundraising activities at The Albion pub in Fishersgate. Her mum said at the time that she was grateful for the opportunity ‘to go as a normal family’.

Elloise’s charity event takes place on Saturday, October 4, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, at St John Ambulance, Ham Road, Shoreham.

There will be handmade items for sale, face painting, bric a brac, a tombola, raffle and tea, coffee and cakes.

There will also be massage demonstrations from holistic therapist Caroline Murden, who is based in Old Shoreham Road, Shoreham.

“Thanks to everyone who has offered me cakes, help, stuff to sell and raffle prizes,” said Elloise, who went to Kings Manor Community College.

“It is so much appreciated. I am still looking for items to sell, tombola and raffle prizes, so please bear me in mind when you have unwanted items.”

Contact Elloise on 07708914820 or take along donations on the day.