THE mum of an 11-year-old girl who died from a brain haemorrhage is planning a charity dinner and auction, to raise awareness about her disease.

Georgina King died suddenly in January 2007.

The Oaktree school pupil had a blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which affects the immune system.

The youngster was diagnosed with the condition in April 2006, but died the following January from a brain haemorrhage.

Since then the Park South family has set up the Georgina Fund, to help families of youngsters with ITP, ensure their children enjoy themselves.

It has been set up by Georgina's mum Heather King, her grandmother Janet Long, great aunt Joan Clemits, as well as Karen Sykes, Heather's cousin.

The long-term plan is to register the fund as a charity - but before that can happen the fund needs to prove it can raise £5,000 a year. The first event was to be a charity dinner at the Hilton hotel in January. Sadly it was postponed.

Now plans are afoot for the fund's next bash, a fundraising ball at the Hilton in April.

"The whole point of what we are trying to do is create something so that kids in this situation can enjoy themselves," said Heather.

"The ITP Support Association does do a lot of good work.

"But we wanted to be more pro-active and seeing as we've gone through it ourselves with our daughter, we know that opportunity could be important for parents who have children suffering from ITP."

The family have put in an advert in the ITP Association's magazine and also left leaflets at local hospitals so that more people can find out about the work they are looking to do.

"We just want to start helping people as soon as we can," said Heather.

"We want to be able to offer help with days out and other fun activities for these kids so that they can try and live some form of a normal life and forget about the pain for a while."

The charity ball is being held on April 26, at 6.30pm, at the Hilton Hotel. On the night, there will be an auction and a raffle, and a drag queen to make the evening different.

There will also be a local band, No Quarter performing.

Tickets are £30 each.

The Fund is also looking for sponsorship for the event to raise as much money as possible.

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