Oddfellows 'Do it for Daisy'

Oddfellows from Babergh Branch in Sudbury have lent their support to a charity campaign called ‘Do it for Daisy’ and raised over £2,000 to help fund research into the treatment of brain and spinal conditions.

Anna Brooks, Daisy’s mum, pictured with son Bertie and mosaic made in Daisy’s memory. Picture credit Iliffe Media and the Suffolk Free Press.

The ‘Do it for Daisy’ campaign was set up by the parents of seven-year-old Daisy Brooks, who died from a brain tumour in 2014.

To date, it has raised almost half a million pounds for Funding Neuro, which carries out research into neurological conditions including DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) brain tumours – the type which affected Daisy.

Members of Babergh Branch first became aware of Daisy and her condition two years ago as Branch Social Secretary, Margaret Maybury is a friend of the family.

After learning of Daisy’s brain tumour, Margaret and her fellow members underwent an emotional journey of hope, compassion and sadness with Daisy and her family as they sought to offer support in any way possible.

Following Daisy’s untimely death, the Branch began raising funds for the ‘Do it for Daisy’ campaign.

These fundraising efforts have included staging a Branch charity lunch and, more recently, holding a charity concert at St Peters Church in Sudbury where local choir, Sudbury Sings entertained the audience with a mix of popular songs and show classics.

We are very grateful to the Oddfellows for their support. The donation will be well used, especially as we are now conducting clinical trials of ground-breaking treatment methods. Emmal Collins, Funding Neuro

In total, these events enabled the Branch to raise £2,052.65 which was combined with additional cash donations of £178.51.

Fundraising support: Emma Collins from Funding Neuro, Margaret Maybury Oddfellows Social Secretary and Anna Brooks.

A cheque for the money was presented to Daisy’s mother, Anna at a special Branch meeting in March. The evening was also attended by Emma Collins from Funding Neuro.

Anna gave a short speech to Branch members during which she thanked the Oddfellows for their support and also spoke movingly about the loss of her daughter. Emma Collins from Funding Neuro added: “We are very grateful to the Oddfellows for their support. The donation will be well used, especially as we are now conducting clinical trials of ground-breaking treatment methods.”

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