Diagnosed with tumour aged five

Jasmini Allen
Jasmini Allen

Tributes have been paid to an ‘inspirational’ teenager who recently lost her battle with cancer.

Jasmini Allen, a former Seaford Primary School pupil, was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just five. She went on to have it removed and went into remission before the cancer – ependymoma – returned in her brain and spinal column.

She defied doctors when after a bout of chemotherapy a scan showed no tumours or cancerous cells in her body.

But the cancer returned for a third time and sadly the 13-year-old passed away on May 30.

Her father James Allen said, “She always had a sense of humour about the whole thing and never let it affect her sense of humour. She was very mature about it.

“She was just an inspiration to everyone.”

Her funeral, designated Jasmini’s Funshine Day, was held on June 7 at Clayton Wood Burial Ground and was followed by a picnic in The Paddock Wood in Lewes. Around 200 people attended the funeral and wore blue, Jasmini’s favourite colour, and some of the congregation also dyed their hair blue to keep in with the theme.

When she was a pupil at Seaford Primary School Jasmini, who lived in Lewes with her mum Natasha Meades, won a Brian Smith Achievement Award.

The awards are run by Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford (NPS) Lions Club and given to children who have won through against the odds and nominations can include a young person who has overcome a serious illness or is exceptionally brave in spite of a disability. The awards were set up in memory of one of the organisation’s past presidents, Brian Smith, who dedicated his life to supporting youngsters.

He was the head teacher at East Quinton School in Seaford, now called Cuckmere House School, for 12 years.

Jon Reynard, head teacher at Seaford Primary School, said he was ‘greatly saddened’ by the news of Jasmini’s death, adding, “She will always be remembered here as a girl who was so positive, indeed she even attended the Year 6 Blackland Farm residential trip when very ill.”

The school now plans to plant a tree in her memory.

The teenager, who attended the Priory School in Lewes, was an animal lover and Mr Allen said she loved her dog Drake and was also a fan of cooking and computer games.