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Thetford youngster Lavinia Crosbie, 5, who was diagnosed with rare eye cancer, to climb town's Castle Hill alongside friends and siblings to raise money for Childhood Eye Cancer Trust



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There will be the patter of tiny feet going up and down a Thetford landmark this weekend, helping to raise awareness on a subject that affects one of the little fundraisers.

Lavinia Crosbie, eight of her friends and four siblings, aged between two and five-years-old, will be walking up Castle Hill in the town five times to raise money for The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) on Sunday.

The five-year-old, who lives on Cloverfields, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare childhood cancer of the eye, at the age of just eight months old.

Lavinia Crosbie who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at eight months old. Picture submitted by Lucy Crosbie.
Lavinia Crosbie who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at eight months old. Picture submitted by Lucy Crosbie.

Her mother, Lucy, said: “I was thinking what could we do to get some money for the charity and a walk seemed a bit boring, so we thought about going up Castle Hill using the steps and it has grown from there.”

Lavinia has had six cycles of chemotherapy since her diagnosis, which meant lots of hospital sleepovers, many injections, antibiotics and blood transfusions.

The tumour in her left eye has stayed inactive since finishing chemotherapy at 13 months old but she still has regular check ups and feels the post chemotherapy side effects.

Lavinia Crosbie. Picture submitted by Lucy Crosbie. (51280686)
Lavinia Crosbie. Picture submitted by Lucy Crosbie. (51280686)

Lucy said: “She is mostly blind in her left eye, though she does have some vision in it her brain does not use the information very well.

“Our target is £500 to help the charity’s great work, so a big thank to those that have donated so far.”

CHECT supports families and individuals affected by retinoblastoma providing assistance, funding research, raising awareness of this potentially fatal disease and campaigning for better service provision.

This is not the first time Lavinia has raised money for the charity, she took on its 2.6 challenge, where she made 26 rainbows and posted them to 26 people who donated and wanted one.

Lucy said the charity fully deserves all the donations people can give.

She said; “A friendly face from CHECT has always been there at check ups. They have supported us financially and emotionally during treatment and after treatment. During lockdown they did story time on zoom for children with retinoblastoma and their siblings and they arrange meet ups so we can meet other families who have also been affected too.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-crosbie2

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