Schoolgirl is determined to scoop £3000 prize for local charity

W42331H13 Gemma with friends at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy
W42331H13 Gemma with friends at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy

A SCHOOLGIRL who won her battle with leukaemia is now raising money to help other children suffering from cancer.

Gemma Flowers, 14, of Berriedale Drive in Sompting, is appealing for people to help local children’s charity Leucan win £3,000.

The charity was shortlisted for the Lloyd’s Bank Community Fund but needs more to votes to stand a chance of winning.

Four local causes were nominated, each earning £300, but the two that get the most votes will win an extra £2,700.

As things stand, Leucan is in third place and must move up into second before the competition ends on November 1 to secure the extra money.

To vote for Leucan, visit www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund and text VOTE PZTA to 61119.

The charity uses the money to buy gifts for sick children such as laptops to help them stay in touch with their friends and families.

Gemma’s mum Gill said: “Reluctantly we had to reduce the amount for the gift to £200 this year from £400 as funds were running out.

“If we are lucky enough to get £3,000 this would secure the child’s gift back to £300-£400 which we could sustain for 3 years.”

Leucan also provides emotional support for families by organising social events.

“Gemma has been fantastic in helping organise these days and attending, showing everyone that you can make a full recovery,” said Gill.