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Tunbridge Wells Tree of Hope charity remembers tragic toddler Evelyn Shears, who died from terminal brain cancer in 2014

A Kent charity is remembering a young girl who died before she was able to use a specialist treatment room by naming the facility after her.

Evelyn Shears was just two-years-old when she died from a terminal brain cancer.

Now she is being remembered by the charity that helped her.

Left to right: Jo Brett (Starjumpz), Aimey Shears, James Shears, Gill Gibb (Tree of Hope)
Left to right: Jo Brett (Starjumpz), Aimey Shears, James Shears, Gill Gibb (Tree of Hope)

Tunbridge Wells children's charity, Tree of Hope, was helping Evelyn's family raise money for treatment in 2014 when she passed from a terminal brain cancer. She was just two months away from her third birthday.

There had been a light and spacious room prepared for her potential use in the premises owned by Tree of Hope in Crowborough, East Sussex, and will be used by other children across the South East who have similar needs to Evelyn.

Donors, friends, and family of Evelyn had raised thousands of pounds to support her treatment, and this money went to the charity when she died.

Gill Gibb, chief executive officer for Tree of Hope, said that the Evelyn Shears Room will be a fitting memorial to a brave little girl.

She said: "Our tenants, Starjumpz, are pioneers in the treatment of children with learning, developmental, motor and behavioural challenges, and this is the perfect location.

"Tree of Hope refurbished this property with the general funds that Evie's fundraised money contributed to, with a view to letting it to an organisation that works with the types of families we support.

"Had Evie lived, she would have benefitted from the work that Starjumpz does here, and may well have received therapy in the room that is now named after her.

"We wanted Aimey and James to know that the money they worked so hard to raise for Evie is now of benefit to numerous other children whose lives will be changed by the therapy, treatment and support they receive here."

Aimey Shears, Evie's mum, said: "We are so proud that this centre will offer a place for so many families to find sanctuary, hope and support."

The facility will be used for paediatric consultation, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy.

Jo Brett, chief executive officer of Starjumpz commented: "Our team at Starjumpz are honoured to be able to dedicate this beautiful room to the memory of Evie Shears and support a Tree of Hope family.

"In Evie’s room life changing paediatric treatments, therapy, training and events to support children and their families and teachers will be happening every week.

"We have been deeply touched and inspired by Evie’s story, and by her parents from whom we can all learn so much."

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