Rebecca raises £3k for babies

A DETERMINED young girl has raised £3,000 for the hospital unit where her baby sister lost her fight for life – and wants to raise even more money. Rebecca Kane, 10, helped organise two charity nights in memory of her sister Olivia, who died in the specia

A DETERMINED young girl has raised £3,000 for the hospital unit where her baby sister lost her fight for life - and wants to raise even more money.

Rebecca Kane, 10, helped organise two charity nights in memory of her sister Olivia, who died in the special care baby unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, aged just nine days.

Rebecca, who goes to Winhills Primary School in St Neots, wrote letters to lots of different businesses asking them to donate prizes. These were then raffled off at two different charity nights.

Dad John Kane said: "She is an amazing girl and we are all very, very proud of her.


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"After we put on one event at the RAFA club in St Neots we thought that would be

it but Rebecca wanted to keep going."

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Olivia was ill when she was born a week prematurely. She never recovered and died in March 2005.

Mr Kane said: "When Olivia was in hospital with a tube in her stomach, Rebecca used to call her a pumpkin.

"She loved her sister so much - she wanted to pick Olivia up after she had died and there are still certain records when she will come over and hug her parents because she knows we get upset."

Rebecca attended the special care baby unit last week to hand over her cheque - and pledged to keep on fundraising.

Ward manager at the baby unit, Jeanette Kennerley, said: "We are extremely grateful to Rebecca and her family for all their hard work in raising money for the unit.

"Their donations have been put towards an important ventilator machine which is improving the quality of care we can offer to the babies we care for in the unit."

Mr Kane added: "All the staff at the baby unit were absolutely superb to our family - and still remember our names after two years.

"Rebecca is determined to keep on going with her fundraising and we are in the process of arranging a venue for our next event. She is a very determined little girl."

The Kane family wish to thank Ladbrokes, Huntingdon BRJ Club, St Neots RAFA Club, Haart, Peterborough United FC, Peter Braybrook, Alison Paine and Sainsbury's for their support.

INFORMATION: Anyone who would like to donate raffle prizes or help Rebecca's fundraising can contact John Kane on 07757650677.

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