N-ice and easy for sponsored Sheffield skate bonanza

A sponsored skate in memory of Issabelle Futter, who died of cancer, was held at Ice Sheffield, on Sunday (26 May 2013). Our picture shows some of those who took part in the event.

A sponsored skate in memory of Issabelle Futter, who died of cancer, was held at Ice Sheffield, on Sunday (26 May 2013). Our picture shows some of those who took part in the event.

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A charity which will help children with cancer make special memories can be launched after a successful sponsored skate.

Issabelle’s Appeal – in memory of Sheffield schoolgirl Issabelle Futter, who lost her battle with neuroblastoma aged seven – will grant families of young patients the chance to go on special holidays and trips together.

A sponsored skate in memory of Issabelle Futter, who died of cancer, was held at Ice Sheffield, on Sunday (26 May 2013). Our picture shows the fundraising skaters. Issabelle's mum Wendy Futter is seen second row, right, and brother Benjamin, aged ten, is front, right.

A sponsored skate in memory of Issabelle Futter, who died of cancer, was held at Ice Sheffield, on Sunday (26 May 2013). Our picture shows the fundraising skaters. Issabelle's mum Wendy Futter is seen second row, right, and brother Benjamin, aged ten, is front, right.

Almost 100 people, including youngsters, took part in the skating event at iceSheffield in Attercliffe and smashed their target of completing 2,766 laps, one for each day Issabelle was alive.

The event raised £2,000 towards the £5,000 needed to officially register Issabelle’s Appeal as a charity.

Issabelle’s mum, Wendy Futter, of Parson Cross, said: “I think we are there now.

“It’s a really big step for us as a charity – hopefully now we can move forward and start granting wishes.

“It was an absolutely brilliant day and everyone really enjoyed it.

“In total we managed to complete about 4,000 laps.

“Every time a person went round 10 times they had to come off the ice and mark it on a board.

“There was a lot of good feedback with people wanting it to be an annual event.”

Issabelle, a pupil at St Thomas More school in Grenoside, fought through various treatments but died in December after the neuroblastoma returned.

Neuroblastoma is one of the most common childhood cancers.

Issabelle’s Appeal will help other young patients to experience trips such as the one Issabelle’s family made to Disneyland Florida before she died.

A balloon release at St Thomas More is one of the other events held recently to raise awareness and funds for the cause.

* Visit Issabelle’s Appeal for more information.