10-year-old Maisie makes emotional return to her friends following life-or-death surgery
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It was an emotional return to her school for brave Maisie Lossau, as her heart-melting smile lit up her school's summer fete.
The 10-year-old from Tuckswood is currently on the road to recovery after life-or-death surgery to remove a tumour from her brain.
Maisie, along with parents Darrell and Dawn, made the trip home from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge yesterday, to be guests of honour at Bignold Primary School's annual 'BigFest' event.
And it was an extra emotional occasion for the family, as friends, teachers and classmates pooled together to boost their fundraising campaign to buy medical equipment to help her in her recovery. Since setting up a crowdfunding page just over a week ago, donations have surged to in excess of £4,000, and this event will further help the family charge towards their £5,000 target.
Mrs Lossau said: 'It was a very emotional day for everybody involved and we had such an incredible reaction.
'There were lots of tears, and not just from us, but from her friends, their parents, and their teachers. Everybody was just so pleased to see her.'
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A final fundraising total has yet to be confirmed, but by the point Maisie and her family left, more than £500 had already been collected.
Mrs Lossau added: 'It just shows what a popular and well-liked little girl Maisie is.
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'The love we have felt has been incredibly overwhelming – it's amazing,'
The day also gave the family the chance to catch up with old friends and feel the warm embrace of the school's community.
'Maisie hadn't seen her school friends and we hadn't seen a lot of the parents since she was admitted,' Mrs Lossau said. 'So it was lovely to see everybody in what was a completely full-on day.'
In the past week, donations have continued to pour in for Maisie, including pledges from complete strangers and charities.
She added: 'It just goes to show how people can pull together and really get behind something like this.
'We feel like Maisie's story has really touched people's hearts which is just wonderful.'
Among the activities featured at the fete were face painting, various craft activities and k-troo - a fitness game involving bouncy shoes.
There was also an ice cream van, pick 'n' mix stalls and a pizza stand.
To support Maisie's cause, visit the fundraising page at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/dawn-lossau