Langold: Inspirational 9-year-old girl fundraising in spare time after her Grandad is diagnosed with cancer

Nine year old Lia Watson who created a 'Sweet Tree', to raise funds, after her Grandfather was diagnosed with terminal Prostate Cancer. Lia held a raffle for the tree, at Langold Dyscarr Community school, which she attends. NWGU 15-12-14 Fundraiser,  Lia is pictured with the Tree, and her sister Kadi (5) who is holding a bag of Raffle tickets.  Kadi also attends the same school. ( 1 to 4)

Nine year old Lia Watson who created a 'Sweet Tree', to raise funds, after her Grandfather was diagnosed with terminal Prostate Cancer. Lia held a raffle for the tree, at Langold Dyscarr Community school, which she attends. NWGU 15-12-14 Fundraiser, Lia is pictured with the Tree, and her sister Kadi (5) who is holding a bag of Raffle tickets. Kadi also attends the same school. ( 1 to 4)

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An inspirational little girl from Langold has dedicated her spare time to fundraising after her Grandad was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.

Lia Watson, aged 9, held a tabletop sale and raffle at Langold Dyscarr Community School, raising a fantastic £81 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation- and has more fundraising plans for the New Year.

Lia, who was assisted by her five-year-old sister Kadi during the raffle, said: “My best friend’s Mum made a tree out of lollies for Christmas, and I thought it would be great to do a raffle at school with it and raise money for people like my Grandad.”

“I didn’t raise as much as I would have liked, but I’m planning to do more table top sales and raffles in 2015. I’d like to raise as much as I can.”

Lia’s Dad, Lee Watson, who is originally from north east England but has since moved to Langold, said he was ‘incredibly proud’ of his daughter who had shown ‘lots of kindness’ after his Dad’s diagnosis.

He added: “Lia wanted to raise more money than £81, but we think it’s fantastic she even thought about fundraising considering the fact she’s so young.”

“It just came out of the blue with her. One night, she decided she wanted to help people who were poorly like her Grandad.”

“I’m sure that most kids would go straight to the toy shop if they were given £81, but Lia wanted to give something back and we are so proud of her.”

“When my Dad was diagnosed, it was so upsetting and a shock to us all. We try to take Lia and our other children to see him as much as we can because it really perks him up.”

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds projects that directly benefit cancer patients from across north east England. For more information visit http://sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk/