Charity pledges £3,000 towards special garden for girl with brain tumour Maisie Lossau

Family, friends and neighbours welcome 11-year-old Maisie Lossau home to Spixworth after she has spe

Family, friends and neighbours welcome 11-year-old Maisie Lossau home to Spixworth after she has spent the last eight and a half months in hospital with a brain tumour. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A Spixworth girl hose battle with a brain tumour is continuing is one step closer to having her own personalised garden after a local charity gave a £3,000 funding boost.

Maisie Lossau, 11, was diagnosed with the tumour in January of last year and spent a gruelling eight months in hospital during 2016.

Her mum Dawn approached charity Let's Do It Anyway to nominate Maisie for a December wish as a reward and after hearing her story, they offered to devote their 2017 fund-raising to her.

Mrs Lossau said as Maisie was unable to go onto their grass in her wheelchair, the money could go towards creating an accessible outdoor space for her.

'Someone suggested there were charities out there we could approach for some fund-raising as well, and one has given us £3,000 for a summerhouse,' she said.

Snellings Charitable Trust has pledged the money, and Mrs Lossau hoped the new garden could be prepared by Maisie's 12th birthday in July.

'It is something we have thought for a while that if we had a blank canvas we could create a patio area but there is a large grass area she can't get onto in her wheelchair. 'We said we had to look at doing it at some point and maybe do some fund-raising to make it happen. Obviously with Maisie possibly going through chemo, having an outdoor space we could make for her would be wonderful. We have contacted a planner and now it is a case of trying to get some measurements, and we can put some money towards it as well.

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'What we were hoping for is a lot of the labour might be volunteers so people would want to come help us, and the costs could just go towards the materials.'

The family were dealt a blow this month when results of an MRI scan returned. They hoped the course of radiotherapy would have killed the tumour, but doctors said it appeared to be growing.

But, following a review of Maisie's case, her mum Dawn has been told the growth could instead be a side-effect of the radiotherapy. A 12- to 18-month course of chemotherapy scheduled to begin this month has now been postponed.

? To contribute towards the garden or help with fund-raising contact Let's Do It Anyway on 01603 641912.

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