Isle of Wight brain tumour survivor Jade Thomas with the raffle prizes she has collected. Picture by Robin Crossley.
A TEENAGER from the Isle of Wight, who battled a brain tumour, has appealed for help to hold a raffle to raise money for seriously ill children.
Jade Thomas, 14, who was diagnosed in 2010 with craniopharyngioma, a tumour near the pituitary gland, asked her teachers at Sandown Bay Academy to hold a huge raffle to raise money for Dreamflight, a charity which sends seriously ill children to Florida.
Jade, who wanted to raise the money after she herself was taken on the trip of a lifetime, was granted permission but at the last minute the school said she could only hold the raffle within her tutor group.
Jade’s mother, Sarah Robinson, said: "She felt let down by the school as the point of doing it was to raise lots of money and so instead of taking these wonderful prizes back, she needs to do the raffle somewhere else."
Jade has collected hundreds of prizes, including gold membership for The Heights, cinema and ice skating tickets, toys, wine and chocolates.
Jade said: "I was really disappointed. I did everything the school asked me to and all of a sudden it said no.
"I need someone who can help me do my raffle.
"Being ill was scary but I am well now and all I want to do is raise money so someone else can have the trip of a lifetime."
Headteacher Shaheen Khan-Jones said: "The school deeply regrets Jade feels let down. When it re-opens, it will discuss with her ways in which a whole school event can be organised to raise the maximum funds for her chosen charity."
Anyone who can offer prizes or help Jade to plan her raffle, can e-mail her on email@example.com or to donate to her cause contact her via www.justgiving.com/craniopharyngioma11 or text JAD074 with the amount to 70070.