St Mungo’s youngsters remembering Maurissa

Maurissa Clark with singer Katy Perry
Maurissa Clark with singer Katy Perry

Over 150 Christmas cakes were baked in memory of a brave cancer sufferer.

Youngsters from St Mungo’s High volunteered their time to make the treats and raise money for the former pupil’s charity.

The cake sale raised �863.11 for the charity set up by Maurissa

The cake sale raised �863.11 for the charity set up by Maurissa

Maurissa Clark was just 20 years old when she died in the summer after battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since 2008.

The trainee teacher from Stenhousemuir bravely fought the illness while also raising money for the charity she set up, Maurissa’s Wish, a fund for children suffering with cancer.

Pupils and staff at St Mungo’s were devastated to hear Maurissa had lost her battle, particularly family friend Emma Gibb (17).

The S6 pupil suggested the annual charity cake bake proceeds go to Maurissa’s charity and home economics teacher Karen Love agreed.

Pupils gave up their lunch breaks to make 156 fruit cakes which were then covered in marzipan and icing and decorated with a festive theme. They were then packaged and sold to staff and pupils.

Emma, from Larbert, said: “When I suggested fundraising for Maurissa’s Wish, I thought we would maybe sell about 40 cakes but everyone has really got behind the appeal because they remember Maurissa.

“She was like a cousin to me and we spent a lot of time together so I was determined to raise a lot for the fund. Maurissa was always thinking about others and did a lot for charity so I know she’ll be happy.”

The venture raised £863.11 for Maurissa’s Wish – a fund to be split between The Teenage Cancer Trust, Clic Sargent and The Beatson Clinic.

Karen added: “I taught Maurissa so was thrilled when Emma suggested we fundraise in her memory.

“The pupils gave up a lot of their time to the cause and worked really hard.

“I’m very proud for what they have achieved and lots of people will be getting delicious Christmas cakes next week who have contributed to a very worthy cause.”