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Besthorpe: Schoolgirl's fundraising magazine success

PUBLISHED: 15:23 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:26 02 July 2010

Jessica Ellis with her dad Richard

Jessica Ellis with her dad Richard

Adam Gretton

It began as a project to sell a few homemade magazines to her friends for a charity close to Jessica Ellis' heart.

But the budding editor has unveiled plans to carry on publishing after raising more than £200 from her first edition to help Leukaemia Research.

It began as a project to sell a few homemade magazines to her friends for a charity close to Jessica Ellis' heart.

But the budding editor has unveiled plans to carry on publishing after raising more than £200 from her first edition to help Leukaemia Research.

The nine-year-old Cringleford Primary School pupil has pledged to generate at least £1,000 for the charity after her father was diagnosed with blood cancer three years ago.

Richard Ellis, 43, is now on the long road to recovery after receiving a bone marrow transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to beat his leukaemia.

His daughter began her magazine project four months ago after deciding to sell a few copies to her friends to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

The schoolgirl from Besthorpe, near Attleborough, is now planning her second edition after selling more than 100 copies of Joe's Mag.

Jessica hopes her fundraising efforts will raise awareness of leukaemia and find a cure so that other families do not have to go through similar experiences.

Her first magazine, which costs 50p, includes an interview with her dad about his leukaemia treatment as well as a quiz, word search, recipe and spot the difference.

“I was looking at my Hannah Montana magazine and I decided to make a magazine all about me and then I thought I should make one to give to my friends and decided to sell it and raise funds for Leukaemia Research. I love making stuff and I write all the time, so it comes quite naturally,” she said.

Jessica, who wants to be a teacher when she grows up, is hoping to raise more funds by organising a non-school uniform day at Cringleford School next term.

“I am not raising money for dad. I just know how it feels when someone in the family has leukaemia and I want to help other people who are going through the same situation. I do not want other children to go through what I have been through,” she said.

Mr Ellis added that he was very proud of his daughter.

“We did not expect this to happen. It was meant to be a bit of fun to raise £10 or £20 and it has escalated tremendously. Anything we can do to raise money for Leukaemia Research is great,” he said.

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