Beccles school and community raise vital funds for seven-year-old battling cancer

The school council present Amber Gooch-Boags, pictured right, with a cheque that will go towards her

The school council present Amber Gooch-Boags, pictured right, with a cheque that will go towards her medical treatment. Photo: James Carr. - Credit: Archant

Pupils and parents from a Beccles school came together as one to raise over £2,000 in aid of a classmate battling cancer.

Amber with Ravensmere Infant School staff at the Ravensmere's Got Talent event. Photo: Ravensmere In

Amber with Ravensmere Infant School staff at the Ravensmere's Got Talent event. Photo: Ravensmere Infant School. - Credit: Archant

A number of fundraising events were held by Ravensmere Infant School, in St Benedict's Road, on Thursday, July 6, to raise money to support Amber Gooch-Boags and her family.

Seven-year old Amber, from Gillingham, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour earlier this year. She has been undergoing gruelling chemotherapy at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

In total £2,433 was raised for the Amber's Smile fundraising campaign.

Samantha Thompson, chairman of the Friends of Ravensmere Infant School, said: 'This is a phenomenal amount considering we are a school of 60 children.


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'We are proud of the children and overwhelmed by the support of local businesses.'

The day began with a cake sale in Beccles town centre before moving on to the 'Ravensmere's Got Talent' event in the evening.

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Ideas for the events were decided by the pupils who wanted to help their friend and tickets proved so popular that proceedings had to be moved to Albert Pye Primary School.

Jemma Gooch-Boags, Amber's mother, said: 'The evening was amazing - Amber had such a lovely time.

'I am in awe of what the friends of Ravensmere Infant School, the teachers of both Ravensmere and Albert Pye schools, the pupils and the parents and helpers have managed to achieve.'

Children put their talents to good use and over 20 acts performed for guests and a panel of judges. A wide variety of acts impressed but it was a pair of hula-hoopers who took home the top prize.

Amber attended the evening, taking part in a showcase dance with her classmates.

A presentation of the cheque took place at the school's leaver's assembly on Tuesday, July 18.

Melanie Mills, headteacher of Ravensmere Infant School, said: 'We are so humbled by this special little girl with a special family.

'Despite her treatment and chemotherapy she wants to come in and continue learning.'

She added: 'Her courage and tenacity is outstanding – she is an inspiration to us all.'

If you would like to donate to Amber's Smile, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Amberssmile

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