Schools urged to wear purple for sick Izzy

'Beautiful' Izzi Roberts, 12, with her two adoring brothers. Her friends and family are organising an Izzy Day on March 27 to encourage local schools to wear purple and raise money for her treatment

'Beautiful' Izzi Roberts, 12, with her two adoring brothers. Her friends and family are organising an Izzy Day on March 27 to encourage local schools to wear purple and raise money for her treatment

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FRIENDS and family of a young girl suddenly struck down with a rare brain tumour are urging schools and local businesses to take part in a special day for her.

‘Beautiful’ Izzy Roberts from Tangmere was a happy and healthy 12-year-old until just seven weeks ago when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive tumour.

Doctors started immediate radiotherapy and her loved ones are organising an Izzy Day on Friday, March 27, to try to raise funds for her vital future treatment.

“Izzy’s favourite colour is purple and she loves having her nails painted so the idea is that school children dress up in purple for the day and the girls paint their nails and make a small donation,” friend Wendy Bashford said.

“The intense radiation treatment that she’s had has seen real improvements. She’s gone from being slumped in a chair unable to move at all to being able to hold her head up and start to communicate much more clearly.

“It’s really positive but we don’t know if the improvements will be long-term and we are desperately trying to turn her prognosis from terminal to chronic.”

So far, her family and friends have raised an amazing £6,000 in just a month, some of which has been spent on getting her a cat called Dusty which Wendy says she adores.

Her school, St Philip Howard in Barnham, has already signed up to Izzy Day and a website has been set up for donations at https://www.justgiving.com/yimby/Isobel#/

Businesses are being asked to put something purple in the windows and help raise funds.

Anyone who want to take part should email wendylbashford@live.co.uk for more details.