Sprowston schoolgirl to hold charity coffee morning in memory of her grandmothers

A schoolgirl is hoping lots of people will join her for a cuppa at a charity event she is organising in memory of her two grandmothers.

Thirteen-year-old Tamara Edwards lost both of her grandmothers to cancer, with one grandmother, Maureen Brooks, dying in March 1981 before she was born, and her other grandmother, Pauline Edwards, dying in November 2010.

Now Tamara, of Rushmore Road, Sprowston, wants to do everything she can to help the charity Macmillan Cancer Support, so she is joining in with the charity's annual World's Biggest Coffee Morning by hosting an event on September 28 at her school, Sprowston Community High.

'I have decided in memory of my nannies to raise as much money as I can for this cause,' she said. 'It is very important because I know there is a lot of people out there who have been affected by cancer. It is a horrible thing so I decided I really wanted to help Macmillan Cancer Support. I started making ribbons in 2010 and I sold them for 10p each at school and made �10.

'I sent that off to Macmillan and I got a letter this year asking me to be part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning and I decided I wanted to take part.

'We are going to put some pictures of my nannies in the hall where the coffee morning is taking place.'

She said she hoped lots of people would support the event and enjoy a coffee and added some of the food technology groups at her school were also making cakes for the event.

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Tamara's parents Melanie and Ted and her sister Saffron, 16, are also helping her with the event.

Her mum Melanie Edwards said: 'Tamara was very close to her Nanny Pauline, and she unfortunately did not know my mother although she has asked me question about her and seen photographs. We are all behind Tamara and want to help her raise as much money as she can at the coffee morning. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier!'

The coffee morning is at Sprowston Community High School on Friday, September 28 from about 9.30am until 11.30am. It would be helpful if people planning to come to the event could let Mrs Edwards know in advance by calling 07711 166582.

Are you raising funds for a good cause? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk