Gravesend school girl keeps lips sealed for terminally ill nan

PUBLISHED: 16:31 23 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:41 23 October 2013

Sophie Wallis, Ellie Lawson, Katie Pearce and Paige Lawson are all keeping their lips sealed.

Sophie Wallis, Ellie Lawson, Katie Pearce and Paige Lawson are all keeping their lips sealed.


A Gravesend schoolgirl will keep her lips sealed for charity after her nan was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ellie with her gran, Elaine Cooper.Ellie with her gran, Elaine Cooper.

Ellie Lawson and her classmates at Whitehall Primary School, in Sun Lane, have organised a sponsored silence to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research.

The idea came to the nine-year-old after her nan, Elaine Cooper, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

She has since roped in friends Sophie Wallis and Katie Pearce, as well as her seven-year-old sister Paige, and cousins Oliver, Brooke and Teddy Cooper. All will keep their mouths closed for five hours on Tuesday, October 29.

Nan Elaine, 49, of Poplar Avenue, said: “When I was diagnosed, Ellie began talking about doing something. She came up with the idea of a sponsored silence by herself.

“She and her friends have been practising. For five hours, they’ll only be able to communicate with a pen and paper - no iPods or mobile phones - so they’re finding it quite hard.”

The event, at the Riverside Community Centre, in Dickens Road, will also include a tombola with prizes including a £30 salon voucher, a £10 gift card from Pizza Hut and McDonald’s vouchers.

Elaine, who has nine grandchildren, started to feel unwell in October 2011 and has thanked her husband of 30 years, guy, who gave up his job to care for her.

She added: “They couldn’t find what was wrong with me - they thought it was irritable bowel syndrome. Then I was rushed into hospital and they discovered it was cancer.

“I had an operation, then six months of chemotherapy and I responded well, but they’ve told me it’s terminal. It’s been hard to get my head around.

“Guy has been right by my side all the way.”

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