A LITTLE girl trying to ‘give something back’ to the unit which treated her for a brain tumour has reached her initial fund-raising target of £2,000.
Jasmine Dunne spent months on the children’s ward at Nottingham University Hospital after she was diagnosed with a tumour in February, and she wanted to raise funds to say thank you for the care she received while she was there.
And the 10-year-old is well on her way, after she and her family organised a sponsored bike ride around the Trent Washlands at the weekend.
Around 50 people took part in the event, on Sunday, including many pupils and staff from Rkyneld Primary School, in Branston, which Jasmine attends.
With sponsorship, money collected in buckets on the day and other donations, Jasmine’s dad Desmond said he thought they had broken the £2,000 target.
He told the Mail: “The event went very well. There were a lot of people and a good atmosphere.
“This shows the generosity of people in the neighbourhood and how they have supported somebody in need.”
The family went through ‘a living hell’ while Jasmine was poorly, but her Mum Sonal said the care at Nottingham made it easier to stand.
“It’s getting better now, but it’s all because of the care she received from the hospital,” Mrs Dunne said.
Jasmine, of Hollyhock Way, Branston, was not able to take part in the bike ride itself, as she is not yet well enough, but she got involved with selling cakes as part of the event.
She also had the important job of waving off the riders as they set off on laps of the Oxhay rugby pitch.
She said before the ride she thought it was ‘really nice’ that so many people had wanted to get involved.
She told the Mail: “I met lots of nice people when I was there, and I was looked after so well on the ward that I feel I should give something back to say thank you.”