December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A six-year-old girl with leukaemia wrote a letter of thanks to the businesses that donated items to raffle at her fun day.
Brogan Didwell is undergoing chemotherapy after falling ill during a family holiday and later being diagnosed with leukaemia.
The fun day event at Sprowston Sports and Social Club in Blue Boar Lane on Sunday, August 25, was organised by friends of the family, including Dean Youngs, and raised more than £7,000 for the Sick Children’s Trust’s Acorn House at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Afterwards, Brogan wrote a letter of thanks to the businesses, which said: “Thank you for your help for my raffle on my fun day – from Brogan.”
Brogan’s father, James Didwell, from Morse Road, Norwich, said: “It was a fantastic day. Brogan had a smile on her face from start to finish.
“She is still having chemotherapy. We thought it was in remission, but it’s not. She was on a regiment A medication, but that has been bumped up to regiment C, which is stronger. But in herself she’s laughing and she’s doing really well.”
Mr Youngs, from Paine Road, Heartsease, said: “The event was a huge success. We have raised well over £7,000 for the sick children’s trust.
“It was absolutely amazing and there was a fantastic turnout, with several hundred people there.
“We had a tremendous response to our appeal for requests from local businesses for items to raffle. The generosity was overwhelming.
“We received a cooker, tumble dryer, freezer, Mini Cooper ride and a BMW for the weekend, as just some of the donations. There were over 100 raffle prizes well worth winning, not to mention the chocolates and wine that were also donated for a tombola on the day.” As reported, Mr Didwell, who works at Smurfit Kappa in Norwich, said Brogan was fine until June this year when they noticed a change in her behaviour while on holiday. She started to slow down and was complaining about her legs and after being checked by a doctor, she was taken to Addenbrooke’s, where she stayed for nine days. The family returned home for a few days, but then went back to Addenbrooke’s for Brogan to be monitored. Mr Didwell said that Addenbrooke’s has the best treatment for leukaemia in the world, and that, because of Brogan’s age, doctors were confident she would make a full recovery.