'Lizzie lightened our lives' - Tributes paid to inspiring nine-year-old
PUBLISHED: 16:30 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:07 27 November 2018
Tributes have been paid to "beautiful and courageous" fundraiser Lizzie Bramall following her death from a brain tumour.
Lizzie, from Nayland, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February after experiencing two weeks of symptoms including intermittent double vision and balance problems.
Despite her diagnosis, the inspiring youngster set up Lizzie’s Fund with her family to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity, which invests in research and offers support to those affected by the disease.
Lizzie’s Fund currently stands at more than £95,000 following a series of fundraising events as well as the sale of a recipe book written by Lizzie, who was a keen baker.
In a post on the Lizzie’s Fund Facebook page, parents Mark and Sally Bramall paid tribute to their daughter – who died on Thursday, November 15 – and thanked people for their support.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the truly tragic news that our beautiful and courageous girl passed away on Thursday,” the post read.
“Lizzie lightened our lives and brought kindness, passion and warmth to so many. As parents were so proud and so blessed and as a family we are all heartbroken.
“Lizzie knew that she had one of the most difficult of all childhood cancers to cure and she was so determined to make a difference for others through her fundraising for Lizzie’s Fund.
“We are determined to change the awful prognosis for DIPG. Your help in this is critical and we can’t thank you enough for your support fundraising. “We have had a wonderful year, lots of lovely time together, met fab people, she’s written a brilliant book, and we’ve precious spent time with family and friends.”
Peter Jones, headteacher at Littlegarth School in Nayland, where Lizzie attended, said the nine-year-old “inspired us all”.
“Lizzie Bramall was one of the most delightful girls that it has been my pleasure to teach,” he said.
“Since her diagnosis in February, Lizzie coped with her illness with remarkable resolve and a keen determination to help doctors to find a cure for those children who will be diagnosed with brain tumours in the future.
“Lizzie inspired us all through her courage, her kindness and her determination to do all that she could to prevent this dreadful disease from taking children’s lives in the future.
“Our school community is devastated by her loss but her example to all has drawn us together in a very special way.
“Her selfless approach to life in recent months has reminded us all of our responsibility to be kind and thoughtful to each other and I know that the school community will continue to support the fundraising work of Lizzie, Sally and Mark in the months and years to come.”
Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “All of us at The Brain Tumour Charity are deeply saddened by Lizzie’s death.
“Our thoughts are with her parents, Sally and Mark, and with the many people who held Lizzie in their hearts and will always do so.
“Lizzie was a brave, determined girl who did so much to help others affected by a brain tumour, through her extraordinary fundraising achievements for The Brain Tumour Charity at such a difficult time in her young life.
“Her loss is a fierce reminder of why we must move further and faster every day in the battle against brain tumours, so that families do not have to endure this kind of heartbreak in the future.
“Every penny raised by Lizzie’s Fund will help us towards that goal. We are profoundly grateful to Lizzie, to her family and to everyone in the local community who has been inspired by Lizzie to show such remarkable support for Lizzie’s Fund.”
For more information or to donate, visit www.thebraintumourcharity.org/get-involved/our-supporter-groups/supporter-groups/groups/lizzies-fund/