Alison Tosh’s Pride of Britain nomination

Alison Tosh from Long Melford Smile of Arran Trust, who is in the running for Pride of Britain Award, pictured with her daughter Chloe.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160928-101445009

Alison Tosh from Long Melford Smile of Arran Trust, who is in the running for Pride of Britain Award, pictured with her daughter Chloe. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160928-101445009

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Alison Tosh, whose son Arran tragically died just days after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award.

Alison, who lives in Bull Lane, Long Melford, has been put forward for the award, which takes places next month, and is filmed for television.

She set up The Smile of Arran Trust and, thanks to scores of people who have taken part in fundraising events, the charity has raised thousands of pounds to help others and to raise awareness of brain tumours in children.

Arran, who attended school in Sible Hedingham, was only 13 when he died in 2014. His condition was only discovered after a visit to an optician identified a retinal abnormality.

Mrs Tosh says the nomination will be a great opportunity for the Trust to raise more awareness.

She said: “A friend of mine nominated me for a Pride of Britain Award and ITV came and filmed an interview with myself, my daughters Chloe and Abbie.

“Four of us were chosen from the East Anglia region out of hundreds, and the winner will be announced on October 14.”

She added: “It is a fantastic opportunity for The Smile of Arran Trust and hopefully we will be able to help more children.”

She said the summer had been a successful fundraising period for the charity.

“We started off with The Isle of Arran walk and we had a stall at the Arran Highland Games, which was a great success,” she said. “After being piped round by six pipe bands, we started the walk and covered five days walking 66 miles.

“The sun shone and the rain poured down but we kept our spirits high. We raised £10.000 so it was a huge success.”

She said over the summer, Lou Partridge and staff from The Wheatsheaf Pub in Castle Hedingham held a beer festival which raised £1,000. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver also took part in the Trust’s celebrity selfie photo initiative by wearing one of the Trust’s baseball caps.

She said: The Happy Monkeys staff who went to school with Arran had a drinks stall at The Big Festival. The staff worked hard to raise funds and awareness of the charity to all their customers.

“Special thanks go to the management team of the smoothies drinks stall who donated all their takings for the weekend which came to over £1,200.”

The August bank holiday saw the third football fundraiser for The Smile of Arran and Kim and Garry Heather, along with their helpers, gave the charity “another fabulous day”.

Alison’s former neighbour Matt Fulbrook, and his friends, took part in the Three Peaks challenge in August to raise money.