Street party raises £800 for brain tumour charity

Julia Holding accepts the £800 raised by Bishopthorpe Road traders Dave Wilson, Liz Cooper, Johnny Hayes and Dan Ebdon.

Julia Holding accepts the £800 raised by Bishopthorpe Road traders Dave Wilson, Liz Cooper, Johnny Hayes and Dan Ebdon.

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The courage of a nine-year-old girl who lost her sight due to a brain tumour has inspired her family's friends and neighbours to raise £800 to help other victims.

Ruby Holding's bravery touched the hearts of residents of Bishopthorpe Road who staged a street party as part of the Tour de France celebrations.

The community turned out in force to ensure the July 6 event was a success and the street was packed with party goers.

Johnny Hayes, Chairman of Bishopthorpe Road Traders' Association, said: “ The majority of the proceeds went to pay for the event itself.

"However, we had decided in advance that a proportion should go to a charity and the Brain Tumour Charity was chosen because of the strong connection to Bishy Road."

Ruby lost her sight due to a brain tumour diagnosed two years ago. But she still loves cycling with her dad Steve, who runs the Pig and Pastry on Bishopthorpe Road with wife Julia.

After the operation at Leeds General Infirmary, Ruby had to undergo months of chemotherapy which lasted until spring last year - and she found the treatment more traumatic than the surgery.

Mr Hayes continued: "Julia and Steve have done so much to raise money for the charity, we wanted to support their cause.”

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the charity, Mrs Holding said: “We were delighted to receive well over £800.”

"It is a small charity that researches the causes of brain tumours and offers support to the families who are affected by the condition. I know the money will be well used.“

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