AN INSPIRATIONAL Chacewater schoolgirl has celebrated recovering from cancer by holding a charity walk to help other seriously ill children.
Six year-old Rosie Sanderson has raised £260 for the national children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent through a fundraising ‘welly walk’ at Chacewater Community Primary School last Friday.
The kind-hearted schoolgirl, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma at 6 weeks old, said that she wanted to raise money for other children suffering from the disease.
Rosie said: “When I was born I had a thing called cancer and lots of people helped me and I thought it would be a really good idea to raise money because lots of people raised money for me when I was little and they might need some help someday too.”
Despite the torrential rain, more than 140 staff and students donned their wellington boots and squelched around the school grounds in an effort to raise as much money as possible.
Each student was asked to bring their wellies to school and to donate a minimum of £1 to take part in the event, although many gained much larger sponsorships.
Chris Gould, head teacher at Chacewater Community Primary, said: “It was a brilliant afternoon – we walked all around the playground and the school field and afterwards we had hot chocolate and biscuits in the hall.
“I’m incredibly proud of all the children for all of their enthusiasm in spite of the weather. They did their level best to raise money to help children suffering from cancer.
“I would say it was one of the best days we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
Rosie had a traumatic start to her life.
When she was less than two month old it was discovered that she had a malignant tumour in her abdomen which was slowly growing around her spinal cord.
The brave schoolgirl underwent an operation and treatment at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children before enduring months of chemotherapy at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
Rosie’s Dad, Neil Sanderson, said: “When she was first diagnosed it was absolutely horrendous. We didn’t know which way was up for a long time and living with the consequences of surgery was a nightmare.”
But In 2013, after five years of fighting, the Sanderson’s were overjoyed to be told that Rosie’s cancer was gone.
Since then the generous schoolgirl has been thinking of ways to raise money for other children suffering from the illness.
After discussing the idea with her parents, Rosie approached her head teacher and together they created the idea of the ‘welly walk’.
Rosie’s parents are incredibly proud at their daughter’s kind and giving attitude.
Mr Sanderson, added: “We have had so much support from CLIC and she realises how lucky she is. We are both proud to see that she wants to give something back.”
Dressed in a pair of fashionable purple boots, the inspirational schoolgirl was deservedly delighted once the welly walk was completed.
Rosie said: “After I finished I felt very proud of myself.
“I really enjoyed it - the best part was when I got to go in the mud!”