Brave Belper teenager fights rare cancer as pub regulars raise charity cash

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Kind-hearted supporters of a Belper teenager who developed leukaemia earlier this year have raised £3,500 to help her family.

Elise Morris, aged 13, began feeling unwell on March 17 when she started experiencing pains in her hips and a rash appeared on her foot.

Her mother Leanne Morris performed a ‘glass test’, however the rash didn’t disappear under pressure as she rolled the glass over it so she immediately took her to hospital.

Following a few hours of medical tests the family received the news that Elise had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – a rare type of cancer, affecting approximately 400 adults per year in the UK.

Now, regulars at the Welcome Tavern pub in Mill Lane, Belper, have been raising cash to help support the family.

Landlady Eliza Poplar said: “We have raised money for charity yearly and thought that it would be wonderful to raise some funds in helping the family,

“I arranged to do a 22-mile walk around Carsington to Middleton and then Belper.

“We also had a raffle and a young girl Leah Pace had her ponytail cut off and donated lots of cash also.

“All in all we have raised an astonishing £3,500. I was absolutely astounded by the generosity of the community and many local businesses, family, friends, and even people we did not know who have kindly donated and supported given these very hard times.

“I would personally like to thank each and everyone involved as the money raised really will make a difference to Elise Morris and her wonderful family. We all would also like to wish the family all the very best for the future.”

The next charity event being arranged by Elise’s family is a “Day for Smiles” charity walk starting at Matlock Bath at 10am on Saturday, August 2 and then on to the Jaxx Q Club, Belper, for a fun day, raffle, tombola, stalls and a cash prize for karaoke. All monies raised will go to Elise and Ward 39 (oncology) at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottimgham.