Rosie Rickard Fundraiser at The Masonic Hall

Rosie pictured at the Andover Christmas Lights Switch on in November 2013

While most girls her age are busy with school work and grappling with which boyband gets the most poster space on their wall, 12 year old Rosie Rickards is having an altogether different experience, undergoing lifesaving but exhausting treatment for a brain tumour.

Many Andoverians will already be aware of Rosie’s story; In May this year Rosie began suffering from headaches and sickness, dizziness and vision disturbances. After initially being diagnosed with migraines she became increasingly unwell. An emergency trip to the hospital revealed the terrifying truth, Rosie had a brain tumour.

She then underwent a 10 hour operation to remove the 4.5cm tumour, followed by further tests to check for cancerous cells, thankfully none were found, however she now has to endure 6 months of chemotherapy.

Rosie has been praised by her family, friends and local people for her bravery throughout the past four gruelling months and she was chosen by The Breeze to switch on Andover’s Christmas lights in November.

Now, to help Rosie’s family with the increasing costs of regularly visiting Southampton General Hospital, a fundraising evening has been arranged.

From 6.30pm on January 31st at the Masonic Hall in East Street there will be a silent auction, raffle a pub quiz and disco, with all proceeds going to Rosie’s family to help with the cost of her remarkable recovery.

Already a number of local businesses have donated to the evening, including Mellors Jewellers, Ace Framing & Art Gallery, WOW Cosmetics, Grape Expectations, Gallaghers Florist, Ben’s Dry Cleaners, The Pink Olive and many more.

Tickets for quiz teams can be booked at £5 each with teams of 4, 5, 8 or 10, each table is provided with a snack basket.

To book please email

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