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FAMILY AFFAIR: Rose with niece Genesis Brooks

Last year Rose, her family and friends raised more than £6,000. They are hoping to boost that having just held a family fun day at the Cap Centre in Smethwick. There are also plans for a sponsored walk and a non-uniform day.

She is determined to help other families struck down by neuroblastoma, which tragically is the most common cancer diagnosed in the first year of life.

This year’s ‘Do it for Dee’ event was supported by Clifford Harding, known as NK, who has received national recognition with his ‘Tunes Times Tables’ method of helping youngsters to learn their multiplication tables.

“We thought it was appropriate that NK should be part of our day as Devante was also a young mentor for him, working with the younger children to help them learn,” said Rose.

YOUNG MENTOR: Devante Beckford was inspirational

Rose’s family has been through a difficult time over the past four years as her brother Kevin died in a car crash four years ago. Only last month an inquest concluded that his death was accidental, though his family believe he was being chased by police at the time of the crash.

“My mum has been my rock throughout the entire time Devante was ill and at least he is buried next to my brother,” she added.

Other supporters of Devante’s charity day included, Steppaz, PPPEvents, Colouristics Face Painting, Sweet Thang UK and Time 2 Tone.

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