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PHOTOS: Five-year-old raises thousands for Treliske

Olivia Pascoe Polkerris Cheque
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7:37am 17th May 2018
(Updated 7:37am 17th May 2018)

Cornish schoolgirl raises thousands for Cornwall's biggest hospital

A five-year-old girl from Redruth is fundraising for Cornwall's biggest hospital to say thank you for looking after her.

Little Olivia Pascoe spent three weeks on the children's ward at Treliske with septic arthritis.

Now her family and friends have joined together to raise over £2,000 for the Royal Cornwall to say thank you for her care.

They held a special event at Portreath Surf Life Saving Club back in March, with Olivia's Grandad, Ken Pascoe being a life member of the community-centred club.

Funds raised were donated to Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity to benefit the Polkerris Ward.

Olivia's dad, Darren, said: "I couldn't believe how much we raised. We had a fundraising target in mind which we smashed! Everyone's generosity was over and above and anything we could have expected."

Olivia Pascoe group

The event, attended by over 200 people, started in the afternoon with family activities and a visit from the Tolvaddon Fire Station crew.

Fundraising continued into the evening with food and drink a raffle of over 60 items donated by local businesses and music provided by locals Nick Williams, Kaj Skjervik and Finlay Barber on the drums.

Laura Allsworth, event organiser and family friend, says the special community spirit of the village of Portreath really contributed to the success of the fundraiser.

She said: "All generations of the village came together to make the day so successful, it is great that we still has such a connected community that all come together on these occasions and they are great fun."

Olivia, a pupil at Treleigh School in Redruth, returned to Polkerris Ward to hand over the donation of £2012.80 and her parents, Darren and Becky were able to say a personal thanks to some of the team that cared for their daughter.

Olivia Pascoe Dan Worrin

Mum Becky said: "The whole team were amazing, the Doctors, nurses, play specialists and even the lady that brought around the lunches."

Dan Worrin, Charge Nurse, accepted the donation on behalf of the team and explained how their contribution would be put to good use.

He said: ""We are so grateful for donations to our fund, together they allow us to buy additional pieces of kit that enhance the care that we provide to patients.

"Thank you to everyone that supported Olivia's fundraising we are very grateful for your kind support."

7:37am 17th May 2018

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