A Moulton youngster who loves baking is turning the tables on her fight againt a brain tumour by hosting a charity event in her village.
Lily Sandell (ten) will be busy in her kitchen creating a host of delicious cakes for the Big Bandana Bake in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity after she was diagnosed with the condition in June 2015.
The youngster’s love of cooking is shared by her friend Holly Wright (ten), also of Moulton, who will be joining Lily in baking cakes for the charity event at Moulton Community Centre on Saturday, March 3, from 10am until 1pm.
Holly is fundraising for the Little Princess Trust which provides free hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair because of cancer and other illnesses.
Lily, who attends John Harrox Primary School in Moulton, said: “We’ll be making lemon drizzle, vanilla, chocolate, ginger and fruit cakes, plus pinella ones with sprinkle in the middle of them.
“The cakes will be very yummy and nice and all the money is going to charity to help young children battle through what’s going wrong in their lives.”
Holly said: “I’ve liked baking ever since I was little and so has Lily.
“We’ve been friends for a long time and when Lily was in hospital, I kept in touch with her and sent food that I baked to Lily through her mum and dad.
“In March 2017, I had 12 inches of my hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust because I wanted to help all the little girls who had lost their hair because they were poorly.
“I raised £430 and then me and Holly did a bake sale for the Brain Tumour Charity where we baked cakes and took them into school for the teachers.
The cakes will be very yummy and nice and all the money is going to charity to help young children battle through what’s going wrong in their livesLily Sandell, of Moulton
“Lily’s brother Harry and my sister Chloe took some cakes to their schools as well and altogether we raised a total of £180.”
Lily and Holly have the support of their families, including mothers Jannine Sandell and Gemma Wright, plus Long Sutton youngster Lucy West (ten) who is having her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust on Saturday (full story on page five).
Jannine said: “When Lily was first diagnosed with a brain tumour, she was also diagnosed with hydrocephalus (excess fluid on the brain) which is linked the tumour.
“After a scan and treatment at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, she was well for two years until last August when another scan revealed a problem with one of the shunts that Lily had fitted into her brain to drain the excess fluid.
“So she had to have the shunt replaced, but it caused a stroke and Lily lost her mobility on the left side of her body.
“We were then told that the tumour had grown and that Lily had to have chemotherapy which to us was like being hit by two double decker buses.
“Lily is undergoing chemotherapy for a year because she has a slow-gropwing tumour and I’ve had to become her full-time carer for her.”
Gemma said: “The girls want to do this and whilst we’re helping them to plan the Big Bandana Bake in Moulton, they are the ones who asked us if they could do it.
“It’s their idea and they’ll be doing as much of the baking as they can.”