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More than £45,000 raised in memory of Rosie Kilburn

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

Rosie aged 19

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More than £45,000 has been raised in memory of inspirational teenager Rosie Kilburn.

Rosie died battling cancer in September 2011, at the age of 19. However, her loving family have kept her dreams and aspirations going.

Last Friday would have been her 22nd birthday, and her parents Jo Davidson and Chris Kilburn have revealed the phenomenal amount raised through Rosie’s online art auction ‘The Knock On Effect’.

This year alone the website has raised £7,500, taking the overall total upwards of £45,000.

Her mum Jo , 53, from Ledbury, said: “Rosie would have been very very proud.

“She was always pretty enterprising. I remember when she was 11 she held a bring and buy sale for Blue Peter and another time she picked daffodils and tried to sell them to passers-by.

“Despite that, it was still a big shock when she came home from school and said she was going to set up an online charity art auction.”

Rosie, a former Newent Community School pupil from Bromsberrow Heath, inspired thousands of people all over the world through her Citizen column and her TV and radio appearances

Furthermore, as well as championing the work of up-and-coming artist friends by selling their designs for charity, Rosie’s website also included a blog which charted the journey of her fight against cancer.

“She hated being thought of a cancer victim,” added Jo. “Even though cancer killed her, she didn’t want to let it beat who she was.”

The bubbly teenager was diagnosed with liver cancer Hepatocellular Fibrolamellar Carcinoma in February 2008. Shortly before she was due to have a liver transplant from her mum’s cousin, clinicians at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham discovered the cancer had spread to her bowels and lungs.

Despite numerous operations and treatments, in July 2011 she was told nothing more could be done and two months later she died.

Just 15 hours before she died, Rosie renewed her website’s domain – leaving her family in no doubt as to her dying wishes.

Jo said: “She had two big fears. One was that we would forget her and the other was that she wouldn’t get to see her brother and sister grow up. She would say to me, ‘I’ll never get to go to Sylvie’s wedding.’

“I don’t know why she thought we would ever forget her. I hope she would be proud of how we have carried on her work though I’m sure if she was here today she would be telling us all what to do.”

Two years after her death, mum Jo has kept up the blog which is now a story of the grief of a parent.

The website raises funds for a number of cancer charities including the Young Persons Unit at the QE where she was treated.

“She loved it there,” said Jo. “It was a place she felt safe.”

Visit www.theknockoneffect.wordpress.com to read the blog.

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