Friends and family of Aoife O’Connor from Dickens Heath have raised a staggering £22,000 in her memory.
The youngster tragically lost her battle with cancer last year at the age of 14 and it was her bravery and determination that inspired her family and local community to raise funds for Brain Tumour UK in her memory.
Aoife’s family started their efforts at the end of last year and in just a few short months have managed to collect £22,213.
And there is no sign of fundraising events slowing down with Aoife’s former dance school, Love2dance, doing its bit this weekend.
A large amount of money has already been raised by Aoife’s friends, who the youngster’s family have always praised for their support and generosity.
The young people from Lode Heath School raised £900 by holding a non-uniform day, a Christmas disco raised £560 and a ‘curly bear haircut’ event raised £600.
On Aoife’s Justgiving website, her family wrote: “Aoife’s friends continue to astonish us. The community support has been fantastic. Aoife would be so proud of everyone’s hard work and donations.”
When the teenager died, her friends put pink ribbons around the village in her memory and held a balloon release in Dickens Heath Park.
The Love2dance show is on Saturday, starting at 2.30pm at Light Hall School, to raise funds for Brain Tumour UK.