Sophie Robinson with her parents Stacey and Ben
The parents of a 12-year-old girl who died just over a year ago have launched an appeal to buy a caravan to give other young patients and their families a holiday.
Sophie Robinson and her family spent several holidays at Golden Sands holiday park, Mablethorpe after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Following her death in January 2016, Sophie’s parents, Ben Robinson and Stacey Southwell, set up the charity Sophie’s Journey to raise £45,000 to provide a state-of-the-art caravan, for families with children fighting cancer or leukaemia.
The families of patients Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham will be given the chance to make the same memories in a place which meant so much to the family.
Dad Ben said: “Sophie’s one wish was for nobody to go through what she had did but we couldn’t promise this but instead we promised to carry on what she started through fundraising and helping other families create special memories in Sophie’s name.”
Before her death, Sophie who was treated at the QMC, raised more than £40,000 for children’s cancer charities.
The family from Lincoln now hopes to carry on the efforts made by their daughter had have raised £10,000 for the appeal so far.
Mum Stacey said: “The support from the community has been overwhelming. The caravan is going to cost a lot of money and we’ve received donations from local businesses which has been amazing.
She added: “We were able to spend a weeks holidays in the caravan park with Sophie where she was just a kid and enjoyed every minute of it so we wanted to do the same for other families.”
I was at the caravan park the other day and all the memories came flooding back. it was really emotional
Money raised through events, donations and fundraising website Just Giving will help towards the adaptation of the caravan.
The family, who have recently purchased their first caravan on the park, hope the second caravan will be equipped with hoists, grip rails and ramps.
Stacy said: “This caravan will be different to the first as we need it to be fully adapting to children who are mobile and those who aren’t.
“I was at the caravan park the other day and all the memories came flooding back. It was really emotional.
“We just wanted to give back to families going through a hard time and I don’t know many other charities who offer what we do.”
The former Birchwood Junior School student began suffering from severe headaches in September 2013.
The family was given the devastating news three months later that Sophie was suffering from a cancerous brain tumour.
However after successfully removing the tumour she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma.
Ben added: “The best thing about fundraising for the charity is knowing there will be some amazing memories created.
“Helping others is extremely important to us. Sophie was such a king young lady that always put others first even through her darkest days, we have so many amazing memories at the site the first caravan is located on and we want to go on and help other families create those memories.”