Fancy dress bash boosts inspirational teenager’s battle

Special guests at Adventure Island Play Park as funds are raised for inspirational Lowestoft teenage

Special guests at Adventure Island Play Park as funds are raised for inspirational Lowestoft teenager Hannah Coffill. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Darth Vader, Woody from Toy Story, a fire engine and Disney princesses all descended on a popular play area for a special fundraising event.

Special guests at Adventure Island Play Park as funds are raised for inspirational Lowestoft teenage

Special guests at Adventure Island Play Park as funds are raised for inspirational Lowestoft teenager Hannah Coffill. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

And organisers have hailed the success of a fancy dress summer bash, which was held at the Adventure Island Play Park on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate on Sunday.

People dressed to impress as funds were raised for Hannah Coffill, from Carlton Colville. The inspirational teenager is battling a second brain tumour. After first being diagnosed with a tumour in 2007, just before her ninth birthday, the 18-year-old was diagnosed with a second brain tumour in January this year.

The treatment has now damaged her optic nerves, causing her to go blind, and her family have launched a fundraising campaign to send her to a private clinic in Berlin for a procedure that may restore some of her sight.

With the community of Lowestoft rallying around, more than £11,700 has already been pledged for the appeal to raise £40,000.

This was further boosted by a music and collection event in Lowestoft town centre on Saturday, arranged through Gary Bennett from the Lauren Lou cancer fund, that led to £1088.17 being raised on the day.

And on Sunday, the Adventure Island Play Park opened its door for the special summer bash, which was attended by Hannah. The event also featured special character visits, along with a fancy dress competition, face painting, hair braiding, music, entertainment, magic, a sweet filled candy cart, and the chance to sit inside the Lowestoft South fire engine.

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There was also a successful raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and there is still the chance to win a family membership from Sentinel Leisure Trust – worth £1,500 – which is being offered as part a lucky draw prize, with further details on the Adventure Island Play Park Facebook page.

Anita Houchen, from Adventure Island, said: 'Absolutely everything raised is going towards funding Hannah's life-changing sight recovery operation.

The event went really well. We had a good attendance, all the raffle prizes went and so far we have raised approaching £2,000.'

This Saturday Adventure Island staff members and Hannah's family will be bag packing to raise further funds at Morrisons in south Lowestoft, from 9.30am to 4.30pm,

To support Hannah's treatment, you can donate via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/amanda-coffill

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