SOPHIE Rolf’s KissyPuppy appeal is well over halfway towards its first fundraising target for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, as the Isle of Wight youngster approaches the anniversary of her diagnosis.
Five-year-old Sophie, of Hurst Point View, Totland, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour after her parents noticed a tremor in her left arm.
Since then, family, friends and concerned Islanders alike have been amazed by her endlessly cheerful nature and have rallied together to help support a fund set up for her, called KissyPuppy, the name of special hugs she reserves for her elder brother, Jack.
The success of KissyPuppy was so great Sophie’s parents, Aaron and Gemma, wanted to support the Island’s hospice and help begin services for Island children with life-limiting illnesses and their families at the site on Halberry Lane, Newport, and are on their way to reaching their first target of £10,000.
Aaron said: "The idea is to utilise the space that’s already there for the children and families who need it.
"The John Cheverton Centre has an information centre and we hope to introduce more there about the paediatric side of things."
Sophie is undergoing treatment of chemotherapy and taking part in a drug trial. Her family braved the snow over the Easter holidays to visit Legoland, and stayed in the new Legoland hotel.
Aaron said: "I tried to tell Sophie and Jack everything at the hotel was made of Lego, the furniture, beds, toilet paper. They didn’t believe me though."
l Two Island runners will be pounding the streets of London in aid of KissyPuppy at the marathon today (Sunday), Stewart Shepherd from Newport and Paul Spreadbury, from East Cowes.
Sophie and her family meet another family, made entirely of Lego bricks, during their school holiday trip to Legoland, Windsor.