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Hornchurch girl fundraises for five-year-old brother who has rare tumour

PUBLISHED: 13:20 30 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:20 30 March 2015

(L to R) Chloe Hardy, Katie Greenoff and Lainey Ham (all aged 13) make the draw for the Easter Egg Raffle at Sanders School in Hornchurch. The raffle has been organised by Katie to raise awareness and funds for the charity HHUGS-UK. Her younger brother has been diagnosed with HH, a rare benign brain tumour.

(L to R) Chloe Hardy, Katie Greenoff and Lainey Ham (all aged 13) make the draw for the Easter Egg Raffle at Sanders School in Hornchurch. The raffle has been organised by Katie to raise awareness and funds for the charity HHUGS-UK. Her younger brother has been diagnosed with HH, a rare benign brain tumour.

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A young girl has been very busy over the past few weeks raising awareness and funds for charity which is very close to her heart after her five-year-old brother was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour.

Katie Greenoff, 13, rallied her friends to get together on the last day of term to fundraise for the charity HHUGS-UK.

The organisation supports people, like Katie’s five-year-old brother, who have hypothalamic hamartoma (HH), a rare tumour in the front of his brain that can cause seizures, early puberty, behavioural problems, hormone imbalances and emotional difficulties.

Children are often diagnosed with HH at a young age although it can be asymptomatic meaning it can often go unnoticed.

It is often diagnosed alongside tests for conditions such as epilepsy, cognitive deterioration and precocious puberty.

Katie and her friends, all in n Year 8 at Sanders School in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, sold tickets throughout the school for the Great Easter Egg raffle which took place on Friday and every penny she made will go to HHUGS-UK.

She also got the staff and students at Sanders to donate eggs to the raffle to use as prizes.

So far she has raised over £100 for the charity which supports her and her family every day through her brother’s treatment which can consist of drugs, surgery and radiotherapy.

The headteacher at Sanders, John McEachern, said: “Katie is a very impressive and inspirational young lady who is passionate about fundraising for HHUGS-UK.

“She has displayed real confidence and determination by presenting an assembly to all year groups that raises their awareness of the charity and supports fundraising on their behalf.”

For more information on HH and HHUGS-UK visit the organisation’s website at hhugs-uk.com or contact them at info@hhugs-uk.com


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