CHARITY chiefs at a county childhood cancer cause have marked a poignant anniversary after celebrating five years in business.
The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust was launched on June 22, 2016 in memory of Worcester youngster Grace Kelly who passed away in 2014 following a battle with a rare form of cancer.
The charity started with selling a few pin badges at the side of the road and it has grown from there.
While the cause is now older than Grace was before her young life was cut short, her legacy remains with more than £1.8million raised in her memory and that of other children too.
The vision of the trust was born from the inspiration Grace imparted on all the people she met.
Above all, Grace wanted to look after others before herself, and this is what the charity is determined to keep doing. Childhood cancer remains the number one medical cause of death of children in the UK.
Dr Jen Kelly, charity founder and Grace’s mum said: “Grace was a compassionate and caring little girl, who looked after others before herself.
“Above all, she wanted to take care of others before herself. The fifth birthday of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is a poignant milestone for the charity to reach because Grace never made it to her own.
“I do believe though Grace would be so proud of all she has helped to achieve, so we would like this to be a time the charity can reflect on all which has been we have achieved to date and all the families Grace’s legacy has helped to support.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has helped support us in any way. Childhood cancer remains the number one medical cause of death of children in the UK and we are determined to try and change this for the children of the future.”
“We would like to say a big thank you to all our Trustees, both past and present for their time and dedication to help the charity over the years.
“A special mention to our Chair of Trustees, Victoria Billings who has been there right from the start as a founding member of the charity.
“She has supported the charity and offered time and advice in so many ways since we started.
Also, a big thank you to our employees, both past and present with mention to Michelle Nolan and Emma Williams for their incredible support and for all they do for the charity.
The charity needs to raise in excess of £250,000 a year to keep up its efforts and there are multiples ways local residents can show their support. Visit www.gkcct.org for more.