The family and friends of Sophie Moolman, who died aged just seven, have raised thousands for Rebecca House.

A day of fun and games in Mooragh Park on New Year’s Day, which would’ve been Sophie’s ninth birthday saw £870 raised to add to the thousands raised both in the island and by her family in the UK.

On the day, people completed up to three laps of the park in any manner they wanted and went home with a goody bag.

Sophie’s mother Sam said: ’A super special thank you to Dawn Bremner for organising the fantastic event, she is a superstar beyond, and to Micki Hall, Danielle Hemela and Chas Paynter for helping to set up and run the afternoon.

’And to St John Ambulance for coming along as our support.


’You’re all amazing people for giving up your time on such a day.

’Sophie would have been so happy at having such a fabulous birthday with friends and family. Thank you all for your generosity, love and support.’

The money raised on the day goes towards the efforts of Daniel Paton, one of Sophie’s godparents, who lives Preston, Lancashire, who ran the equivalent of 100 marathons during 2019 which he achieved by running at least three miles a day, his final run on New Year’s Eve on Douglas promenades.

Mr Paton, whose efforts have so far raised over £4,600, also didn’t have a shave for the whole of 2019.

His efforts have seen him nominated for fundraiser of the year at his work L&G (Legal and General) with the winner due to be announced at an awards ceremony in London in February.

The ceremony should coincide with Sophie’s family being able to give a final total for the money raised and present it to Rebecca House.