Brighton mum Claire has raised an incredible £3,400 for CLIC Sargent by organising a family fun day after losing her 15-year-old daughter Courtney to cancer.
The Courtney Brewer-Wren Family Fun Day, at St George’s Hall in Brighton, saw an enthusiastic community turn out to enjoy performances from the Dance Academy, a bouncy castle, face painting and much more.
Mum Claire said: “Courtney was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June, 2014.
"When Courtney was first diagnosed, none of us had a clue what we were doing or how we were going to cope with the family being split apart. But then we were introduced to CLIC Sargent, and wow, what a help.
“Our CLIC Sargent social worker, Claire, based at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, advised us on the benefits that we were entitled to.
"She wrote to Courtney's dad’s employer to explain that he would need to take time off work to care for our four other children while I was at the Royal Marsden with Courtney. The charity also helped us financially so I could afford to feed myself whilst away from home."
She added: “After Courtney went through extremely intense chemotherapy, which made her immune system suppressant, she caught what doctors thought was sinusitis but was actually mycormicosis.
"Mycormicosis is a very rare and deadly fungal infection which had infected her nose, lungs and the roof of her mouth. Courtney fell asleep in September 2014.
“The support from CLIC Sargent has been amazing. Since we have lost Courtney they have continued to support us in every way, emotionally and with grants for funeral costs.
"Claire and Liz are always on the other end of the phone if I need help with anything or simply want someone to talk to, and for all this support, we just want to be able to give something back.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Helen Farquharson said: “We really appreciate the hard work and dedication that Claire and her family have put into Courtney’s event, especially at such a sad time for them.
"I’m so happy that Courtney’s Family Fun Day received such great local support. The total is amazing, with funds still coming in. Every penny will help us carry on supporting families like Courtney’s.”