A group looking to build a pirate ship in memory of a Falmouth schoolgirl are looking for golden treasure this Friday, in the form of donations.

The Pirate Ship for a Princess project would see a ship built in the playground of St Francis Primary School, in memory of eight-year-old Chloe Edwards.

The youngster - who died just over a year ago from neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system - was a fan of pirates and her schoolmates hope to create a lasting memorial in her name.

To help raise funds an event is taking place at the St Michael’s Hotel this Friday (January 18), from 7pm.

It will feature a disco with DJ Kris Kool, magic from Ed Clarke and a finger buffet.

St Michael’s business development manager Samantha Banks said: “We need to sell as many tickets as possible so that we make as much money as possible for the charity.”

Whilst the total cost of the pirate ship is still unknown, it is estimated that at least £20,000 will be needed to create the ship.

Working towards a launch date of July 2014 the school has less than 18 months to fundraise the ship and get it built. Tickets for this first fundraiser cost £15 and can be bought at the hotel, with £10 from each ticket going to the fundraising appeal.

Call 01326 312707 or email meet@stmichaelshotel.co.uk