Sadie Rose tribute target reached

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The family of Sadie Rose Clifford have reached their fundraising target to create a lasting memorial to the toddler in Knaresborough’s Bebra gardens.

The two-year-old’s tragic diagnosis inspired thousands of people to raise half a million pounds towards pioneering treatment, but sadly Sadie Rose died of neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, last June.

The family are planning a butterfly-themed bench for Knaresborough’s Bebra Gardens, and needed to raise £4,000 to pay for this.

Mum, Katie Clifford said: “Our final balance is approx £4700. We will get started with the bench & gardens in the New Year and should hopefully have it in place by spring or summer next year.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us with our fundraising efforts.

“Any money left in the pot after we have paid for this will be split between Candlelighters and NCCA UK (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK).”

She added: “It may not be the happy ever after we had hoped for; however it’s the final ending to an emotional and heartbreaking three years, we will never forget the support we have had.”

Staff from Harrogate-based gas company CNG, along with Stray FM took part in a sponsered chair push to raise funds and King James School, Freedom Performing Arts and The Old Spring Well all joined the fundraising efforts.

Katie and husband Darren Clifford are planning their first Christmas with son Oscar Jay who was born in April this year.