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Lancaster Village residents rally to buy artificial limb for Gabriella Benn

Katie and Ella are raising money for their former Forton friend

Katie and Ella are raising money for their former Forton friend

Residents of a Lancaster village are rallying round to help buy a special artificial limb for a former schoolgirl.

Ex-Forton Primary School pupil Gabriella Benn was diagnosed with cancer last November, just before her 10th birthday.

Although she now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, the youngster and her family, are fondly remembered in the village.

Her dad was the policeman at Cockerham and mum Sandie an intensive care nurse at Lancaster Royal Infirmary.

Since being diagnosed with cancer, Gabriella has undergone intensive chemotherapy and had a leg amputated just above the knee.

Although she will get a prosthetic leg, she needs a special one to enable her to walk on the beach near her home. Schoolpals Katie Oliver and Ella Bookless are hoping to attract a crowd of runners to the Run Leg for Gabriella fun run at Forton Village Hall from 12.30pm on Saturday.

The girls, who now go to Ripley St Thomas CE High School, have already raised more than £1,000 towards their £2,500 target.

 

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