SCHOOLS and businesses in the Observer area have held a special day for a special girl.
A huge number of people took part in fun-filled events on Izzy Day last Thursday to show their support for sick schoolgirl Izzy Roberts.
The 12-year-old from Tangmere was struck down with a rare tumour ten weeks ago and friends organised the day to put a smile on her face.
Portfield Primary Academy in Chichester had a biscuit decorating event and painted their faces purple, Izzy’s favourite colour.
Tangmere Academy also got behind the event by painting nails and putting thumbs up for Izzy.
Students and teachers at Izzy’s school, St Philip Howard in Barnham, have been doing an enormous amount of fundraising and are planning a disco for her.
The school has already raised £5,000 for the family and has more events planned.
Businesses and local authorities also took part in the day.
Members of Chichester City Council, where Izzy’s dad Peter works, all wore purple to raise money, and they were joined by the mayor and mayoress of Chichester, Cllr John Hughes and Cherry Hughes.
And here at the Observer offices staff wore purple and donated, while Chichester Arts, Science and Tech College will be holding events throughout April.
Izzy’s father Peter said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part and to our friend Wendy Bashford whose brainchild it was.
“Izzy was very touched by it and I think it’s been a real eye-opener for all of us just how many people have been so caring towards our family.
“It’s made a big difference and kept her positive at a really difficult time.”