Campaign set for Sadie Rose

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A campaign has been launched to create a lasting memorial to two-year-old Sadie Rose Clifford who lost her battle with childhood cancer last year.

The Knaresborough toddler’s valiant fight inspired thousands of people to raise half a million pounds towards treatment, but she sadly died of neuroblastoma last June.

Now, after calls from residents for a fitting tribute, her family are raising £4,000 for a butterfly-themed bench to be placed in Knaresborough’s Bebra gardens.

“People have been asking if anything was going to be put in place,” said mum Katie Clifford. “She inspired so many people, especially children, and we wanted to do something as a tribute to that.”

Mum Katie and dad Darren, who welcomed son Oscar Jay in April, are working on plans with Knaresborough Town Council and the Friends of Bebra Gardens, and meetings are to be held later this month to finalise details.

It is hoped the bench will be hand-carved with butterflies, to appeal to children, while the area around would be planted with flowers.

Already, local groups are supporting the campaign. Staff from Harrogate-based gas company CNG, along with Stray FM, were yesterday taking part in a sponsored chair push. The goal was to beat all world records by pushing the office chair 26 miles, on a circuitous route from Harrogate to Knaresborough.

“We have been so touched by everybody’s support,” said Mrs Clifford. “We just hope to have their support just that little bit longer.”

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