THIS time last year, Jasmine Dunne was receiving treatment for a brain tumour.
She was in the midst of months of gruelling therapies which saw her miss a lot of school and be away from her friends.
But rather than wallow in her misfortune, the Branston youngster decided to put her energies into doing something useful – helping those in the same position.
And so, as soon as she was well enough, she set about organising a mass charity bike ride to raise money for the hospital ward where she was treated.
The children’s ward at Nottingham University Hospital received a donation of £4,000 as a result.
“I met lots of nice people when I was there, and I was looked after so well on the ward that I felt I should give something back to say thank you,” said Jasmine, of Hollyhock Way, Branston.
Jasmine’s tumour was diagnosed last February, after a scan uncovered why she had been so tired and forgetful.
She received months of treatment in Nottingham, and said she felt she should do all she could to help the ward.
Now 11, Jasmine is back at school full time, and working hard for her SATs, which she is due to sit at Rykneld Primary School in the summer.
Her hair is growing back, following her treatment.
Her mum Sonal, told the Mail: “She’s doing really well now. She’s just having regular MRI scans to just keep track of where things are, as well as blood tests, but on the whole it’s going in the right direction.”
The bike ride took place in Burton last autumn, and dozens of people got involved.
It was followed by a cake sale at the school.
“Everyone was very generous,” Mrs Dunne said.
The money has gone towards some new equipment for the ward.