A mother has thanked staff and pupils at a Tingley school after they raised £500 for research into the rare cancer her son suffers from.
Helen Lillywhite, from Barwick-in-Elmet, is trying to raise £500,000 for Neuroblastoma Childhood Cancer Alliance (NCCA) UK, which funds advances in treatment for neuroblastama, an illness which is diagnosed in around 100 children in the UK every year.
Helen’s six year-old son Joseph was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition in January 2013.
Thankfully, Joseph’s treatment has been successful thus far and he is now well enough to return to school and holiday in Legoland with his parents this summer. However, due to the savage nature of the condition there is a 50/50 chance Joseph could relapse. In this event, he would have to be taken abroad to receive a different kind of therapy, as there is only one form of it in Britain.
Students at Woodkirk Academy, on Rein Road, in Tingley raised the money through their Annual Maths Fun Day event last week, baking hundreds of cakes and participating in maths-based puzzles, with another £500 being generated for Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.
Helen, who has managed to accummulate almost half of her target since she began fundraising in April last year, said: “It was a fantastic event and I’m so grateful to everyone at Woodkirk who got involved and raised money for the NCCA.
“We’re trying to make a difference in raising awareness about neuroblastoma because that way we can invest money into treating it. People across Leeds have been amazing and we’ve been overwhelmed with support from so many people.
“Thankfully Joseph’s doing well at the moment and he’s loving being at school again and seeing his friends.”