KissyPuppy Bestival Butterfly Competition

KissyPuppy – The Sophie Rolf Trust Bestival Butterfly Competition

Bestival Butterfly Selfie Competition

Win Bestival Tickets!

To celebrate Sophie’s 7th Birthday and the launch of the Butterfly we are giving you the chance to win 2 Bestival 2014 tickets.

Simply take a selfie with your butterfly and email it, with a contact number to

Butterflies are available from Sophie’s shop for £3

Competition finishes on 31st August 2014

Sophie’s Shop, 22-24 Lugley Street, Newport. Isle of Wight. PO30 5HD

KissyPuppy Comp fin

Our Story

The Sophie Rolf Trust – Registered Charity 1156155

Sophie Rolf was a beautiful, happy, larger than life little girl. She enjoyed doing all things little girls love, especially her swimming and dance classes.

Sophie started school in September2011, joining her big brother Jack at St Saviours Primary School in Totland on the Isle of Wight.

During May 2012 we noticed a tremor in Sophie’s left arm and, after numerous hospital visits and finally an MRI scan in June, we received the terrible news that no parent wants to hear – Sophie had a ‘Supratentorial high grade Glioma, bilateral thalamic tumour’.

This is an aggressive brain tumour located in a very awkward part of the brain. We were told that the tumour was inoperable and the prognosis poor. Sophie faced things that no child or adult should have to go through. Neuro surgery to fit shunts, central line surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, a trial drug, numerous MRI & CT scans, homeopathic drugs and other tests were all met with determination, strength, courage and most of all always a smile.

She made us so proud to call her our daughter. As a family we never gave up hope and actively pursued other medical opinions from Europe and the rest of the world – however each reply reinforced the original diagnosis.

Sadly Sophie lost her fight in November 2013 at home alongside her family that adored her so much. She didn’t suffer and as always, she decided when the time was right.

‘KissyPuppy’ was originally set up to enable friends and family to fund raise for Sophie and initially was used to support Sophie’s journey through this including travelling to and from appointments on the mainland, any equipment needed and creating magical experiences and memories.

We chose the name ‘KissyPuppy’ as this was a word Sophie used for a very special sort of cuddle and kiss reserved only for her big brother Jack.

What this devastating process highlighted to us as a family was the limited healthcare options available for children with life shortening conditions on the Isle of Wight.

There is no specialist children’s hospice on the Isle of Wight. Families are offered the option of travelling to Winchester for respite or end of life care, which is a three hour journey each way, relying on Ferries. Travelling to the mainland at the point when Sophie was very poorly is something we did not want to be thinking about.

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community. They support and care for adults living with and dying from a life-shortening illness and, working in partnership with the local NHS, they are extending these services to children.

Sophie said early on in her treatment that she wanted to help other children as they have helped her………so that is what we have pledged to do. We have joined forces with the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the local NHS to help support and develop services on the Island for children and young people, and their families, with life shortening conditions.

Over a period of time a range of services will be developed offering flexible, individualised care and support, in the place of choice, built around the unique needs of each family.

Services will be coordinated centrally, and delivered by a multi-professional team, working together with each family to support their wishes and care choices. Sophie’s first project was to provide an area within the existing hospice building that will be suitable for use by children and their families.

The area was to provide the equipment needed to fulfil the medical requirements of the individual whilst at the same time recognise the needs of the family as a whole.

From day one Sophie was an inspiration to all. She never once complained or grumbled about what she was going through. She greeted each and every day with a smile and her attitude and spirit made her fundraising such a success that within a few months she had raised the £10,000 target set for the first project.

At the beginning of November 2013 Sophie, just a few weeks before she passed away, opened the children’s rooms at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, a massive achievement of which we are so proud of her for. Sophie had already started on her next project, a Playground, within the grounds of the Hospice.

In her short life, Sophie has changed Children’s services here on the Island. We, as Sophie’s family, recognise there is so much more to be done. Kissypuppy – ‘The Sophie Rolf Trust’ is now a registered charity.

We are committed to helping the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, local NHS and other interested parties in the continued development of services for children and their families with life shortening illnesses on the Isle of Wight.

We hope we can continue Sophie’s good work and make a legacy she would be proud of.


The Sophie Rolf Open – Fishing Competition

THE SOPHIE ROLF OPEN, Will take place on 27 October 2012.

All welcome.

The comp will be four teams, Under 18’s, Ladies, Nippers (18-50) and Old Farts (over 50)

Start time is 2pm finish 8.00pm. Weigh in at Carisbrooke Church Hall, near the Eight Bells. Weigh in closes at 9.30. (I could only get the hall till 10)

Any public beaches , piers etc

Total weight of each team will be divided by number in that team, heaviest average wins, the Bragging Rights!

£2 optional sweep for heaviest specimen of species drawn out of the hat at the weigh in. If no fish of that species caught then it goes to the second species drawn out and so on.

£8 for over 18’s , £5 for 18’s and under

All monies (except the sweep) go to Sophie Rolf.

It’s not too late so get the kids involved and the weigh in is near a pub

There will be a prize table for the heaviest bag in each section. Under 18 first, then Ladies, Nippers and Old Farts.

After those four it is the usual heaviest bag till every prize has gone.

Anyone not wishing to claim a prize will have it auctioned at the end. Money to Sophie

Tickets from Scotties and Hopefully all Island tackle shops.

Fishing from anywhere round the island.

Any kind person or business wishing to put up a prize contact by details in County Press or by the thread on the website below

Help needed on the weigh in if anyone fancies that.