South Tyneside school hosts princess party for little girl battling cancer

A South Tyneside school was taken over by princesses, superheroes and pirates to raise cash for a little girl battling cancer.

Bamburgh School hosted the special party after hearing of the plight of three-year-old Kayleigh Brennan.

The youngster, from Australia Grove, South Shields, is undergoing treatment for leukaemia and hopes to one day visit America to meet Disney Princesses.

Her family have been organising fundraising events to help make her dream a reality.

To help them on their way, Bamburgh School hosted a dress-up and non-uniform day for its pupils and a disco, raising £377.75.

Susan Burgess, Bamburgh School Primary/Early Years Leader said: “After finding out about Kayleigh Brennan’s illness, we decided to help raise funds for her dream holiday to America.

“And because her dream is to meet the real Disney Princesses, we decided that had to be our theme.

“We sold hot-dogs and held a ‘Chocolate Raffle’, with three fantastic chocolate hamper prizes to raise funds for Kayleigh who also attended the event.”

Youngsters at the party were given an extra surprise when Iron Man and seven princesses joined in the party fun, courtesy of Frozen Store Direct.

The event was supported by Bounce North East who donated the use of a bouncy castle.

Mrs Burgess added: “The whole school had an amazing day and the children loved to meet Kayleigh, who they have all worked so hard together to help.”

Kayleigh is undergoing treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.