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Fun day raises thousands of pounds in memory of Demi, 6

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Hundreds of people have raised thousands of pounds in memory of a little girl who died following a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis.

Demi Wall, of Broadfield, Crawley, was six years old when she died at the Royal Brompton Hospital on March 26.

Her mum, Tina Margetts, was determined to thank the hospital for all the help staff had given Demi, so organised a fun day, which was held at Creasys Drive adventure playground on Saturday (August 9).

Tina described the day as “amazing and overwhelming” and thanked everyone who came along to support the cause.

A total of £2,194 was raised on the day – more than double the £1,000 Tina had hoped for – including £208 from the raffle of a football signed by Crawley Town players and manager John Gregory.

Tina said: “I didn’t expect that amount of people to turn up. By 1pm we were running out of things on the stalls.

“I was overwhelmed by the people who came along to support us.”

Demi’s school friends had made hundreds of loom band bracelets and charms, which were sold for 50p each.

Tina said around 435 bracelets and 130 charms were sold, with the rest given to the hospital for the children on the wards.

Among the entertainment on the day was magician Connor Hope, an inflatable slide, four face-painters and a hugely successful barbecue which sold 1,000 drinks, 400 burgers and 300 sausages.

It was so popular Tina had to cook some of the food herself just to keep up with demand.

Tina will present the money to the Royal Brompton during the hospital’s annual fun day at Battersea Zoo on August 24.

She already has plans for another fun day next year.

She said: “I just want to thank everyone who helped make this an amazing day.

““We couldn’t have done all this without the support we have had.

“Friends and family have been great helping me collect donated items and calling round companies to help us to get it all done in time.”

 

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