VIDEO: Brave Rugby girl with leukaemia inspires fundraiser

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A girl from Lilbourne who is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is the inspiration behind a fundraising drive to help other sick children.

Libby Berridge, nine, has undergone gruelling chemotherapy treatment, meaning long spells in hospital.

Libby and fundraiser Zoe Bird

Libby and fundraiser Zoe Bird

Even when Libby, a pupil at Yelvertoft School, was having her cannula fitted, with tears streaming down her face, she would not move a muscle or complain.

She even learned to inject herself daily with insulin.

Her mum Sam said: “Libby was diagnosed when she was seven and humbled us all with her courage since the start.”

Problems started when Libby complained of tiredness and aches in her legs.

“She was under the weather and it wasn’t like Libby,” added Sam.

As the disease took hold, Libby’s complexion got paler and she later lost the colour in her lips.

Sam said: “We got her to hospital and insisted on blood tests. The next thing we knew Libby was being treated for leukaemia.”

The diagnosis has changed the family’s life, but Sam said it has brought her, husband Ben, son Max, 14, daughter Harriett, 12 and Libby closer than before.

Libby said: “I’ve been helping to raise money for other children with cancer. My family and friends have been brilliant.”

Now a Christmas party is being held in her honour at Lilbourne Village Hall on December 20, from 7pm.

It is being organised by Zoe Bird, who also lives in Lilbourne. The fun includes a charity pie and mash supper with live music and an auction. Tickets are £12.50. Proceeds to the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.

She said: “Libby is an inspiration and has not once let her illness get her down.”

Zoe is appealing for businesses and individuals to come forward with raffle prizes and donations.

For more information and tickets telephone Zoe Bird on (01788) 869148.