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‘Overwhelming’ support for four-year-old fighting cancer

Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Darcie Simmons, five, takes a selfie with her mum Sally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Darcie Simmons, five, takes a selfie with her mum Sally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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An “overwhelming” community response in support of a four-year-old girl fighting cancer has seen fundraising events spring up around the city.

Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Ava Smith, eight, wearing two of the orange bows made by Sonia Palmer of Purplestars, for Sophie's campaign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Ava Smith, eight, wearing two of the orange bows made by Sonia Palmer of Purplestars, for Sophie's campaign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

2018 has already been a difficult year for Sophie Taylor and her family after her diagnosis of osteosarcoma on January 4.

Cancer has spread from her knee to her lungs and chemotherapy has begun in earnest.

On Friday Sprowston Infant School, where Sophie is a pupil, held a fundraising day.

Children and parents were encouraged to wear her favourite colour, orange, at a non-uniform day with a disco, cake sale and raffle.

Sophie Taylor has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Picture: Taylor family Sophie Taylor has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Picture: Taylor family

This Sunday also marks World Cancer Day, with Mona Lisa hair salon in Hellesdon holding a Shave it for Sophie event.

There will be no charge on the day and hairdressers will work for free to put Sophie at ease with the changes she will have to go through.

Headteacher at Sprowston Infant School, Rob Edwards, said: “Sophie has been a pupil here since September and once we heard about her diagnosis we just wanted to support the family in any way we could.

“A few parents initially asked about doing a fundraiser and we asked them to start organising a cake sale.

Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“From there the event has snowballed and the response from the community has been overwhelming. People have just been so generous. We have had some incredible prizes donated from businesses all over Norwich, including a mountain bike, a holiday and thousands of pounds worth of vouchers. Our parents have also spent hours working on this event over the last couple of weeks.”

Fun Time Freddie disco and Yourselfie booth gave their services free of charge so pupils could ‘take a Sophie’ - a social media trend she started by sticking her tongue out at cancer. The photos will be put together for a book for Sophie to look at while she is having treatment.

She was unable to attend the event due to a fever keeping her in hospital.

Almost £7,500 has already been raised through a crowdfunder, which will go to help Sophie in her journey. Any extra funds will be donated to a charity for those affected by osteosarcomas and children’s cancer.

Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Some of Sophie's family, granny, Jenny Thurston, centre, uncle Jimmy Taylor, and Charlie Flint, sell the 'makeaSophie' t-shirts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Children and staff at Sprowston Infant School at the fundraiser in aid of pupil four-year-old Sophie Taylor who has bone cancer. Some of Sophie's family, granny, Jenny Thurston, centre, uncle Jimmy Taylor, and Charlie Flint, sell the 'makeaSophie' t-shirts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

To support Sophie, tweet a photo to #takeasophie, visit Super Strong Sophie on Facebook or donate at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/superstrongsophie.

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