‘Hannah’s Day’ raises thousands for teen battling cancer
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A special fundraising event has taken place for a Lowestoft teenager who has been battling with a rare form of cancer.
Hannah Coffill's inspiring story has been touching hearts ever since she was first diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2007.
Having received treatment at Addenbroke's Hospital in Cambridge, before undergoing a nine-hour operation to remove as much of the tumour as possible, the 18-year-old initially beat the rare form of cancer.
However, in January 2017, Hannah was diagnosed with another tumour after experiencing problems with her eyesight. The subsequent treatment damaged her optic nerves and caused her to go blind.
Ever since, fundraising has been taking place for Hannah to travel to Berlin and visit a private clinic, one of only two in the world which perform procedures that may give her a chance of having some sight restored.
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On Sunday, August 6, Hannah's family, friends and members of the local community came together at Kirkley and Pakefield Football Club for 'Hannah's Day' - an event aimed at making a significant leap towards raising the money required for Hannah to travel to Germany.
Tracey Aldred, who is a friend of Hannah's family and helped to organise the event, was overjoyed with how successful the day was.
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'It was overwhelming because we didn't expect anywhere near as much support as we received,' she said.
'We had a huge raffle, a tombola, a performance from The Someones and numerous trade stalls, many of which made significant donations to our fundraising.'
The day's various events generated £6,600 and, combined with a number of additional donations, Hannah's overall fund is now around £10,000 better off.
Despite her ill health, Hannah continues to remain positive and was able to enjoy her special day.
'Hannah really is such an inspirational girl and her story has touched the hearts of so many people,' added Mrs Aldred
'She had a great time and even had a little dance!'
Mrs Aldred also expressed her thanks to all those who helped to organise the day, including Hannah's parents Lee and Mandy, Justin and Kerry Coote, and Linda Gallagher, without whom the day wouldn't have been possible.
Elsewhere at the weekend, Kirkley and Parkefield youth took part in a Park Run to raise funds for Hannah.
On Saturday, August 5, over 30 children, coaches and parents from the youth team raised in excess of £1,000 by running a three-mile sponsored run at the weekly Lowestoft parkrun.
Rob Fawcett, event director for Lowestoft parkrun, said: 'I speak on behalf of everyone that attended the event in congratulating all of the young footballers and their parents for completing the route whilst raising money for Hannah Coffill.
'Not only did they do themselves and Hannah very proud, but their local community too.'
Kirkley and Pakefield under 10s Dragons player Jayden Welham, who took part in the run, added: 'It was nice to do something for such a good cause and it was fun!'
Anyone looking to donate to Hannah's worthy cause can visit her Just Giving page, which can be found at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/amanda-coffill.