An ‘inspirational’ former Cordeaux pupil who died of cancer in December aged just 17 will be remembered by a special charity event in Louth.
Nicole Williams died on December 3 last year, just over three months after initially being diagnosed with cancer.
Two of her closest friends, Ceejay Liles and Laura Whatling, have been spurred into action in Nicole’s memory and are putting their collective energies into planning a fundraiser night for the Youth Cancer Trust this Sunday.
The duo, formerly Cordeaux students themselves, bravely took to the stage in front of the pupils and staff at Cordeaux’s school assembly on Friday to both remember Nicole and to get the message of their event over to pupils.
Ceejay explained: “Nicole was diagnosed in late August and died in December, it was very quick.
“During that time she went through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, she had several injections and she was in and out of hospitals all over the county.”
Speaking at the assembly, Laura told Cordeaux Academy pupils: “We lost a good friend, so we really want you to help us in raising money for the Youth Cancer Trust.
“Nicole was a truly inspirational young lady, that is something which has since been said by nearly everyone.”
Nicole was a much loved daughter, sister and best friend to many and organisers Ceejay and Laura are hoping for support to raise as much money as possible for the trust.
The Youth Cancer Trust provides support and free holidays for young people with cancer or malignant diseases.
They provide a safe place where young cancer patients can be together to enjoy a fun time away from hospital, doing what young people would normally get to do without a cancer diagnosis.
“I know that Cordeaux and the wider community will support this initiative in memory of Nicole”
Cordeaux Academy head Peter Kubicki said he hoped some goodness could come out of the tragedy of Nicole’s death.
He added: “It was with great sadness that Cordeaux Academy received the news that much loved former student Nicole Williams passed away.
“Out of the most difficult times, good can come.
“I know that Cordeaux and the wider community will support this initiative in memory of Nicole.”
Ceejay and Laura have organised the fundraiser night at the Brackenborough Hotel near Louth this Sunday, February 10 from 6pm until 10pm in Nicole’s memory.
The event at the Brackenborough is open to everyone and it is hoped as many people as possible will go along and support it.
On the night an auction and raffle is being held, and it is hoped that local businesses will put forward prizes and auction items by calling Laura on 07725 738162.
Raffle tickets will be available for people to buy on the night and refreshments will also be available.
Tickets for the event are available to purchase in advance by calling 07788 312684.