John and Linda Green, centre, with charity representatives and supporters at the special event which marked what would have been their daughter’s 21st birthday.

A couple who launched a charity in their daughter’s memory four years ago, have marked a special milestone with a presentation.

John and Linda Green, of Stoke Ferry, founded Debbie’s Special 4 after their daughter died on July 22, 2011 at the age of 12.

This year Debbie would have celebrated her 21st birthday and  the couple organised a special evening at Stoke Ferry Village Hall where they presented cheques to the four charities they have supported.

The couple have raised £9,000 in the last three years and last Friday on Debbie’s birthday, they handed out cheques for £1,000 each to Quidenham Hospice near Norwich (run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), Churchill Park Academy at King’s Lynn, Rudham ward at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Sparks Children’s Medical Research Charity, for research into Batten disease.

Debbie, who attended Churchill Park, suffered from Batten disease, an extremely rare and fatal degenerative nervous system disorder which begins in childhood.

The presentation has taken the total raised so far to £13,000.

Family and friends attended the special event with entertainment by Chandler Green.

The couple have said a big thank you to everyone who gave prizes, donated and has helped the charity.

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