Thurston Carpet Bowls Club held its annual Charity Fours tournament with added activities including a raffle, tombola and quizzes to raise a big £1,111 for CLIC Sargent.
Organised by Carol and Neil West, the tournament was especially poignant as it was attended by their 18 month-old granddaughter Gracie-Mae, who is currently receiving treatment for stage four Neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer affecting her liver, bone marrow and right eye.
The decision to raise funds for CLIC Sargent was a very personal one.
Following Gracie-Mae’s diagnosis at just nine months old, the family received financial, practical and emotional support from CLIC Sargent’s team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the form of CLIC Sargent Play Specialists, Nurses and Social Workers.
"Thankfully, being so young, Gracie is unlikely to remember too much of what she’s been through.
"Throughout everything, Gracie remains a happy smiley, loving child, taking it all in her stride.”
The charity tournament was attended by more than 25 teams from across East Anglia, who all dug deep to raise vital funds for the charity which has supported Gracie Mae’s family throughout her gruelling treatment.
Carol added: “We are so grateful to all who attended, donated raffle and tombola prizes and supported the event to raise this fantastic amount.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner said: “Last year CLIC Sargent supported 70 families in Suffolk, just like Gracie-Mae’s, which is why the support of Thurston Carpet Bowls Club and everyone who attended is so important, as we rely on voluntary donations.”