SHE may only be in junior school but Lucy Fairall knows how to throw a party.
The plucky eight-year-old organised a big fundraising disco to give her best friend’s family a boost.
Claire Sloan, 41, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.
She fought the disease but in December doctors confirmed it had returned.
It left daughter Katie, a pupil at Crofton Anne Dale Junior School, devastated. Her best friend Lucy decided to do something to cheer them up.
She put months of planning into the disco, which was held at The Crofton Club, in Stubbington, yesterday afternoon.
Not only did the bash offer top tunes, sweets and cakes, but a Pompey player even made an appearance.
Lucy, of Humber Close, said: ‘I felt really upset for my best friend Katie because things were getting bad and I thought “what on earth can I do to make things better?”
‘That’s when I thought of the disco. It went really well and I was very pleased.
‘I didn’t have time to dance because I was so busy.
‘There was a really good sweetie cart and I also had a go at being a DJ. Katie and I gave out 50 raffle prizes.’
Lucy made all the tickets herself and sold 160 – raising £1,215.
She stamped and signed each one to ensure none of them were copied.
Charlotte, 34, said: ‘Lucy was very upset when we told her Claire’s cancer had come back.
‘She said she wanted to do something and we asked her which charity she wanted to help. She said Macmillan as they have helped Claire so much. Claire came along to the party and was in good spirits. It was brilliant. Pompey gave us two tickets for the Plymouth game on Easter Monday. TGI Fridays sent a £100 voucher. In all we had 50 prizes.
‘Pompey player Jack Whatmough joined the party and happily posed for pictures and gave out his autograph.
‘Lucy did so well. We are so proud of her. She organised it all herself.
‘I’m really proud of her. Everything she does, she does for other people, which is amazing for a girl of eight. Lucy is very grown up. Her school says her emotional maturity is way above her years.’
It is not the first fundraising event Lucy has organised. Last year she raised £500 on a 10-mile sponsored walk.