CHARITY chiefs at a children’s cancer case in the county celebrated a poignant birthday after celebrating five years in business.
The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust was launched on June 22, 2016 in memory of the Worcester youth Grace Kelly who died in 2014 after battling a rare cancer.
The charity started out selling a few pin badges by the side of the road and has grown from there.
Although the case is now older than Grace was before her young life was cut short, her legacy continues with more than £1.8 million raised in memory of her and those of other children as well.
The vision of trust was born from the inspiration Grace gave to all the people she met.
Above all, Grace wanted to take care of others and not herself, and this is what the charity is determined to continue to do. Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of medical death of children in the UK.
dr. Jen Kelly, founder of the charity and Grace’s mother said, “Grace was a compassionate and caring girl, who cared for others than herself.
“She wanted to take care of others rather than herself. The fifth anniversary of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is a poignant milestone for the charity, as Grace never made it.
“I truly believe Grace would be so proud of all that she has helped achieve, so we would like this to be a time for the charity to reflect on all we have accomplished so far and all the families Grace’s legacy has helped for support.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us in any way. Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of medical death of children in the UK and we are determined to try and change this for the children of the future.”
“We would like to say a big thank you to all of our Trustees, both past and present, for their time and dedication to helping the cause over the years.
“A special mention to our Chair of Trustees, Victoria Billings, who has been there since its inception as one of the founders of the charity.
“She has supported the cause and given time and advice in so many ways since we started.
Also a big thank you to our staff, both past and present, citing Michelle Nolan and Emma Williams for their incredible support and for all they do for a good cause.
The charity needs to raise more than £250,000 a year to continue its efforts and there are multiple ways for local residents to show their support. Visit www.gkcct.org for more information.