Sompting teenager’s birthday wish boosts charity

Gemma Flowers' 13th birthday party
Gemma Flowers' 13th birthday party
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MOST teenagers would have a huge wish list of birthday presents – but all one girl wanted was money for charity.

Cancer survivor Gemma Flowers, of Berriedale Drive, Sompting, asked 50 of her friends to donate money to two charities as her 13th birthday present.

The charities – Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Children’s Magical Taxi Tour – helped Gemma through her difficult time fighting leukaemia by offering her trips to Disneyland Paris.

Now, with her treatment completed, Gemma wanted to give something back.

Gemma, who turned 13 on December 31, said: “It is really good to think I can give it back and they can treat someone else.

“In the middle of treatment you are going through a hard time and it picks you up. It makes you think there are pluses as well.”

The party, which was also an “end-of-treatment” celebration, was held on Saturday, January 7, in Penhill Guide Hall, in Penhill Road, Lancing, and saw Community Star winner DJ Dave Hunt play tunes throughout the evening.

Thanks to her generous friends, the Sir Robert Woodard pupil was not only given £350 for the two charities but also received small gifts as well.

Gill’s employer, Lloyds TSB, has promised to double what was raised.