Cancer survivor Darcie inspires charity sale

TASTY From left, Tina Knight, Niki Tomkinson and Marnie Joseph. Picture: Sarah Standing (131217-5246)
TASTY From left, Tina Knight, Niki Tomkinson and Marnie Joseph. Picture: Sarah Standing (131217-5246)
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A CAKE MAKER felt the need to act when she found out that one of her closest friends’ seven-week-old daughter had been diagnosed with cancer.

Now aged one, Darcie Kay has fully recovered from infantile fibrosarcoma, a type of cancer which attacks the cells in ligaments.

It had spread from her ribs to her right lung where six more tumours started to grow.

She was diagnosed in March last year and had several bouts of chemotherapy.

In the process, she had to have three ribs and a piece of her right lung removed.

To celebrate her recovery, family friend Niki Tomkinson, of Portsmouth, asked Darcie’s mum, Natalie Kay, if she could raise money for Children With Cancer UK with Darcie as her inspiration.

Natalie, who lives in Canterbury and met Niki at a mums’ group ten years ago, said: ‘I was humbled when Niki said she wanted Darcie to be the focus of her charity event.

‘You do not realise what families go through until you experience it yourself.

‘It is an amazing thing that Niki decided to do.’

Niki, who runs Sweet Creations at Portsmouth Enterprise Centre in Quartremaine Road, held a bake sale yesterday at her shop and invited customers to take part in a baking competition.

She said: ‘It was an opportunity to get people together to have fun and raise money for Children with Cancer UK.

‘Darcie has fully recovered now but it’s still important to raise money for a charity who could help save other children in the future.’

Sweet Creations spent the day selling cakes and it was a huge hit.

Employee Marnie Joseph said: ‘We had nearly sold out of all our cupcakes at the end of the day.

‘We had a great range of flavours. The bubblegum and chocolate peanut butter were the favourites and everyone was impressed with the rainbow cake Niki made.’

The shop also had a raffle and businesses in the area contributed to the prizes.

Marni added: ‘Loads of businesses gave us great stuff from free meals to fake tan to goody bags and loads of other great prizes. It definitely helped us sell the tickets.’

Sweet Creations raised over £350.