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Fancy dress for record-breakers

PUBLISHED: 11:17 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

A LITTLE girl who has endured continuing treatment for an aggressive brain tumour became a princess yesterday as she joined nearly 200 children and adults in fancy dress to raise money for charities.

A LITTLE girl who has endured continuing treatment for an aggressive brain tumour became a princess yesterday as she joined nearly 200 children and adults in fancy dress to raise money for charities.

Sophie Harper, aged three, helped establish a world record for the number of people in fancy dress when she took part in an event organised by her grandfather, John Huggins, at Southwold Common.

People from all over Suffolk and Norfolk turned up for the event - in a great variety of costumes, from Disney characters to pirates, fairies and Morris dancers.

They then set off on a two-mile sponsored walk to raise money for three charities which have supported Sophie and her family during the past two years - the Tadworth Children's Rehabilitation Trust, East Anglia's Children's Hospices and Cancer Research UK.

Sophie, who was dressed yesterday as a princess and was pushed round the route of the walk in a buggy, was just 19 months old when the malignant tumour was detected and she underwent a gruelling eight and a half hour operation followed by other operations and courses of chemotherapy.

Her mother, Anna Harper, who also took part in the walk, said: “She is responding well to treatment but she still can't walk.”

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