By Jill Dando News
Friends and family of an “outstanding, kind, happy, polite and perfect” student who died have launched a project to set up a subsidised café and restaurant opposite the Bristol Royal infirmary in her memory
The brilliant Evie, 16, passed her GCSEs at Worle Community School Academy in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in August – but tragically weeks later died after a few weeks receiving treatment at the BRI for a extremely rare terminal cancer diagnosis.
After a week in an induced coma, there was sadly nothing further the doctors could do for her, and her life support was removed.
Now after a Celebration of Life attended by hundreds of her friends and family, students and teachers from WCSA, the family are raising £20,000 to help set up ‘The Monkey Tree’ charity.
Their aim is to open a subsidised cafe/restaurant opposite the BRI in Evie’s memory with long-term plans to even create accommodation for parents with children being treated at the hospital.
Their plans involve raising enough money to obtain a property within a few minutes walk to the BRI to provide a warm cosy environment to eat/drink/talk with privacy.
Worle Academy are also planning fundraising events to raise money for the project.
Among tributes from the school’s students and teachers Evie was described as an “outstanding, kind, happy, polite and perfect student.”
They said she was kind to everyone, polite, funny, mature and always made you smile.
Teacher Tina Burrows said: “Evie was a very special lady who had so much natural talent for cooking and it showed that she had a natural love for it.”
Mr Somers said: “She had the ability to enter the room and cheer people up.“
On the crowd sourcing page, friends and family described their project for a cafe and restaurant:
It read: “This is something we struggled to find throughout our months stay with Evie. “We will also be providing subsidised food and drink for families, as well as support and resources for those who need it.
“Our aim in the future would be to provide accommodation or a ‘home from home’ for those with family members in the hospital as well.
“We miss Evie dearly, but we are hoping that being able to start a charity in her name to provide support for other provide support for other families going through similar situations will honour her memory.” https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/themonkeytree?utm_te