WHEN seven-year-old Jess Arnold lost her mum to cancer, she decided she wanted to do something to keep her memory alive.
And yesterday, along with pupils from her whole school, she walked around the school field in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Kate Arnold died last December aged 36 after a tumour was discovered in her stomach.
Yesterday, Year 2 pupil Jess and her peers did laps around the field at Crofton Hammond Infant School in Stubbington.
Jess, from The Glebe in Stubbington said: ‘It was to raise money for cancer and for the charity. We did it in memory of my mum but some people can do it for other people.
‘She would be really proud. We did this before she died and we are still trying to sponsor her even though she’s died. It’s a nice thing for us to do.’
Kate’s husband Ian, 42, is a governor at the school.
He was performing with his ukulele band yesterday afternoon.
He said: ‘It’s absolutely superb. The school has been absolutely brilliant through everything that we have gone through.
‘Kate would be absolutely made up about this.’
Ian praised his daughter’s bravery: ‘She’s put up with an awful lot. She’s always been very brave and very happy and smiley.
‘She was absolutely brilliant with Kate when she was ill. She’s a remarkable little girl.’
Headteacher Jacky Halton added: ‘We supported Kate and her husband and Jess through the time that she was ill. So we have been on the journey with them. After Kate died in December we wanted to do something to celebrate her life. She was a very special lady. Jess is amazing. This is her way of doing something for her mum.
‘As a school community we felt it was important to recognise that.’