MORE than 6,000 people attended the annual Karis May Darling Foundation variety day in memory of the youngster.

Karis passed away in 2011 aged 12 from meningitis.

The youngster earned the nickname “The Little Helper” after she saved the lives of people when her parents made the decision to donate her organs.

Her grieving family decided to donate her heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.

Since then, parents John and Kerri, have dedicated their time to helping others, launching the foundation in Karis’s memory, and opening a new community centre in Corringham.

And on Saturday, the foundation hosted its ninth consecutive variety day with 6,000 attending – including EastEnders actors Jamie Borthwick and Zac Morris.

The day was enjoyed by families and youngsters, with performances during the day and a DJ set in the evening.

Essence of Motown headlined before Patterned House provided the DJ set.

The foundation has the principle goal of helping underprivileged children achieve their aspirations through performing arts and sports.

It is working to raise awareness of organ donation and the benefits this can bring.

Plans are already in place for next year’s event, with several celebrity appearances lined up.

The day was opened by mayor Terry Piccolo and attended by councillor Gary Bryne, who represented Youth Creation in receiving sponsorship from the foundation.

During the day, the foundation presented prizes and sponsorship, after sponsoring a Gable Hall School arts award. They also donated £500 to youngster Eva Fogg to support her course costs after recently joining a national theatre college.

To find out more about the foundation search for ‘The Karis May Darling Foundation’ on Facebook.