A teaching assistant is set to take part in a charity skydive after a five-year-old pupil in her class was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
Lauren Wiles, who supports reception and year one children in Dolphin Class at Tilney All Saints Primary School, will be jumping 13,000ft out of an aeroplane in honour of Lily Wright who has been diagnosed with Paediatric Chordoma.
Miss Wiles, who is due to make her leap on Sunday, November 3, said: “I’m pretty nervous about it, I’m not going to lie. But I wanted to do it as Lily is in our class and she’s a such a lovely pupil, she’s so bubbly.
“Lily is in year one now and she was in reception before summer. Lily always has a smile and is such a good friend to other children, she is the kind of child you would want your child to be making friends with.
“I think Lily and her classmates are excited I am doing it. I will be sending Lily a video of the skydive.”
Miss Wiles’ skydive, due to take place at Beccles Airfield, will be raising funds for The Drew Barker-Wright Charity which has been supporting Lily and her mum and dad, Emma and Jon Wright, who all live in Tilney All Saints.
The UK charity, which doesn’t receive funding, was founded by a couple whose four-year-old son died from the same cancer in 2017.
It is dedicated to helping research and supporting families affected by the childhood cancer which occurs in the bones of the spine and skull base and affects around one in 20 million youngsters.
Currently, Lily is undergoing gruelling radiotherapy treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, with her mum and dad by her side.
For a short time, Lily was able to attend a community fun day held at Walton Highway Village Club last Sunday.
Hundreds flocked to the event which had music, food, an auction, children’s entertainment, a raffle and saw £8,500 raised for The Drew Barker-Wright Charity and the children’s cancer ward at Addenbrooke’s.
Mrs Wright praised Mark Howat and Nettie Lancaster for organising the event and thanked everyone for their support.
She said: “There’s too many companies to list for the auction and raffle donations, but people’s generosity is overwhelming.
“Thank you to everyone who attended as the place was packed. The community is unbelievably generous.”
To sponsor Miss Wiles’ skydive, visit https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/skydive-for-teamlily
• A #TEAMLILY charity football tournament and fun day is being held on Sunday, October 27, at 10am at Tilney St Lawrence Village Hall playing field.
Organisers are aiming to have 32 six-a-side teams (each with two substitutions) with group and knockout stages.
There are still team spaces available for anyone interested.
Sponsorship or donations from businesses and raffle prizes are also needed. For more information, visit the #TEAMLILY Charity Football Tournament Facebook page.