HAMPSHIRE residents have rallied together to raise money for specialist treatment for a girl with an inoperable brain tumour.

Last month, Daniel and Lisa Leavey from Hedge End, received the devastating news that their daughter, Brooke has a tumour on her brain stem.

The 10-year-old has been receiving treatment at Southampton General Hospital and has just started a six-week intensive course of radiotherapy treatment to shrink it at University College London Hospital.

Her next phase of treatment is yet to be determined, but the Leaveys are trying to raise money to fund private treatment abroad and which is not currently available on the NHS.

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The Leavey family

The family are desperate to fund the treatment as they want to see their daughter continue to live her life as any 10-year-old should.

Brooke is a Year 6 student at Berrywood Primary School and has been described as a keen and “very talented little singer” and since her diagnosis friends, family and community have come together in her aid

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Brooke and sister Amelia in pink

Family friend, Suzie Beadle has set up a GoFundMe page which has so far raised more than £47,000 in just 26 days.

A Facebook page called “Do it for Brooke – A Community comes together” has also been set up to keep people updated on how she is doing and of any fundraising plans.

Similarly, a number of events have been arranged to help, including sponsored walks, cake sales, beard growing and several larger events.

The Next store in Hedge End will be hosting a “fabulous” fashion show featuring their current children’s wear collection.

The Wear It For Brooke show will take place on June 23 and will involve Brooke’s friends and local children “strutting their stuff” on the catwalk.

Donations will be taken at the door and there will also be a raffle.

Berrywood Primary School is organising an event called “Sing for Brooke” because of her passion for singing.

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Organisers are hoping that 1,000 people will gather together on June 18 to sing Gary Barlow’s song “Sing”.

The children will be collecting sponsorship from friends and family to raise vital funds.

Campaign leader and friend of the Leavey family, Helen Schwodler said: “We are overwhelmed with the support and generosity of the local people. The kindness of strangers, the generosity of acquaintances, the dedication of friends, the love of family; all working towards one goal. We continue to be amazed daily on how everyone has come together to help Brooke. Long may this continue to enable us to raise the funds needed to help her.”

To donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/help-10yr-old-Brooke-get-specialist-treatment.