Thurston Carpet Bowls Club raises over £1,000 in support of Gracie-Mae

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.

Thurston Carpet Bowls Club raises over £1,000 in support of Gracie-Mae

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

Carol said: “Gracie has had to endure chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant and then radiotherapy.

"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 tournament

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.”

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner on 01284 829 090 or email: