A FUNDRAISING event to help the family of an Andover 12-year-old, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, will take place at the Keystone Hall on East Street on Friday, 31 January.

The event, to help Rosie Rickards’ family with travel and parking costs that the family are enduring, home tuition whilst Rosie is off of school, visual aides to stimulate her eyesight and audio books, will be based around a pub quiz, with a raffle, a silent auction and a bidding auction.

Team tables are available by email for groups of four, five, eight or ten people, at £5 per person and there will be a snack basket for each team.

An email address has been set up to be used for any communications relating to the evening, including those wishing to join in or get involved at rosiesroad@mail.com.

Rosie Rickards was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2013 after suffering with headaches and sickness for six months.

Rosie started waking up with headaches and being sick in around April.

She was diagnosed with migraines in May when her episodes became more frequent.

However her migraine pills didn’t work and Rosie started fainting and having dizzy spells as well as headaches and being sick.

Her doctor referred her to a paediatrician and she had an appointment for mid September.

Following a nasty episode, a CT scan revealed a tumour.

The family was transferred to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance that night.

The next morning she went for a MRI scan so that the surgeon could see if the tumour could be removed and that no tumours were on her spinal cord.

The MRI showed no other tumours and Rosie had a ten-hour operation to successfully remove her tumour, which was 4.5 cms.

Mark Shearing and others will be organising and hosting the fundraising evening.

Mark said: “We would like Rosie’s friends, family and those moved by Rosie’s story to join us and help raise funds that can go to helping Rosie and her family through this tough period of her life.

“I think we have all been touched in some way by the news of Rosie’s condition, and would all like to help Rosie and her family in this tough time, as individuals we can achieve small things but as a group we can achieve much more.”

To find out more and keep up to date with the latest news in Rosie’s fight, like Rosie's Road on Facebook.