Summer bash to raise funds for inspirational Lowestoft teenager’s battle

A fundraiser is being held to raise funds towards treatment for Hannah Coffill. Picture: Mick Howes.

A fundraiser is being held to raise funds towards treatment for Hannah Coffill. Picture: Mick Howes. - Credit: Archant

A special event is being held to raise funds for an 18-year-old girl who is battling a second brain tumour.

Hannah Coffill from Carlton Colville, was first diagnosed with a tumour in 2007, just before her ninth birthday. And after undergoing treatment and a nine-hour operation, she 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.

They are appealing to raise £40,000 - with over £10,000 already donated on a JustGiving site.

Hannah's mum Mandy said: 'I am astonished at how much we have raised. The community has come together and supported us, I can't thank everyone enough.'

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As part of a series of fundraisers, a fancy dress summer bash is being held at Adventure Island Play Park in Lowestoft on Sunday, July 23.

Running from 4pm to 6pm, the event will include special guests Darth Vader, Woody from Toy Story and princesses Ariel, Elsa and Ana, along with a fancy dress competition, face painting, music and more.

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There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses including a family membership from Sentinel Leisure Trust worth £1,500, which will be offered as a special prize in the lucky draw. Admission £5 for children, adults free.

There is no need to pre book, just turn up on the day.

Another event - Hannah's Day - is also being organised by friends of the family on Sunday, August 6 from 1pm at Kirkley and Pakefield FC's Walmer Road headquarters. There will be music, games, stalls and a barbecue.

Hannah said: 'I will probably cry, because there is so many people helping out. I have always thought there's lots of bad people in the world - but the response of the community as people rally round to raise funds shows there are more kindhearted people around.'

To support Hannah's treatment, visit

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