Former Young Citizen winner’s legacy is helping sick children smile

Grace and her dad

Grace and her dad - Credit: Archant

The father of a former Young Citizen winner who sadly lost her battle with cancer one year ago has revealed how donations to her charity are helping other sick youngsters.

Grace Boxall was 15 when she died on September 26 last year, after a devastating six-year battle with brain tumours.

The youngster was nominated for setting up her own charity Smiles with Grace while she was in remission in 2011, but tragically her cancer returned.

A fundraising walk takes place on Sunday. starting at 11am from Chigwell School, where Grace was a pupil. It will follow a nine-mile circular route, stopping off at Woodford Green Prep School, which she also attended.

Her father Peter said it had been “humbling” for him and Grace’s mother Karen to receive donations for the charity from people across the world.

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“[Grace’s story] touches everybody,” he said. “It’s very heartwarming.

He said Grace’s Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award has pride of place at home in Buckhurst Hill, and that the charity was her legacy.

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“It is a really great initiative,” he said.

He said the charity was sponsoring a project at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Grace was treated, to help children with spinal lipoma – lesions on the spinal cord.

Peter said: “We know Grace would be extremely proud.”

The charity has so far raised nearly £90,000, with £58,000 put towards the project – a collaboration between Grace’s neurosurgeon Dominic Thompson and Professor Andrew Copp at the Institute of Child Health at University College London.

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