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Daughter, 10, who died of brain tumour inspires mum’s marathon challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:51 22 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:51 22 June 2020

Lisa Bell, from Exning, is raising money for EACH after her daughter was treated at the charity's Milton hospice Picture: BELL FAMILY

Lisa Bell, from Exning, is raising money for EACH after her daughter was treated at the charity's Milton hospice Picture: BELL FAMILY

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A mum, whose daughter tragically died aged just 10 from a brain tumour, has raised more than £2,600 for the children’s hospice which cared for her.

Sophie was just 10 years old when died from a brain tumour Picture: BELL FAMILYSophie was just 10 years old when died from a brain tumour Picture: BELL FAMILY

Lisa Bell, from Exning, set herself the challenge of running every day this month for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) after the charity’s Milton facility cared for her daughter, Sophie, in her final few weeks.

Sophie was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour, a malignant tumour that can sometimes spread to other parts of the brain, in February 2012.

As her condition began to deteriorate, Sophie began visiting EACH’s hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire, along with her mum, her father Andrew and younger brother Isaac.

The family temporarily moved into the hospice for several weeks to avoid having to make long journeys for Sophie’s end-of-life care.

Andrew, Lisa and Isaac have fundraised in memory of Sophie since her tragic death Picture: BELL FAMILYAndrew, Lisa and Isaac have fundraised in memory of Sophie since her tragic death Picture: BELL FAMILY

Sophie passed away on December 27, 2012.

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Mrs Bell has since dedicated much of her time fundraising for good causes in honour of her daughter, including raising a mammoth £120,000 for the Brain Tumour Research charity over the years.

With the coronavirus pandemic cutting much of EACH’s income, Mrs Bell decided her next fundraising effort would be in support of the hospice which cared for her “very special” daughter Sophie.

She hopes to have run a total of 100 miles by the end of the month.

Mrs Bell said: “Sophie could get a smile and a conversation out of anyone and everyone she met. She was sporty, loved school and loved her friends.

“Staying at EACH was Sophie’s choice. She felt warm, safe and comfortable and so did we. It was like a big soft blanket was wrapped around us and we felt loved and cared for.

“They became a lifeline for us in the end.

“There was no question, no pushiness, no nothing as we continued to care for our daughter as only we felt we could and they supported us all the way. We owe EACH an incredible debt of gratitude.

“Knowing they are significantly down in revenue due to Covid-19, they are a charity, they aren’t funded by the government, knowing there is a risk of a child not getting the incredible love and care we received, we just can’t ignore it.”

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