A WHOPPING £41,826 raised by Bridlington and East Riding residents has been handed over to charity to help fund life-saving cancer treatment for youngsters.
Local schools, residents and organisations rallied around the Kids n Cancer appeal when it was launched in the summer to help send Bridlington schoolboy Bradley Marshall to America for cancer treatment.
Luckily for the Marshall family the NHS then agreed to fund the treatment, so the money raised in Bradley’s name has gone to Kids n Cancer to help other children in his position.
A variety of fund-raising activities took place throughout the summer and all the schools in the East Riding joined the Kids n Cancer campaign and collected bags of clothes for the charity to sell on to raise thousands of pounds.
Mike Hyman, founder and chief executive of Kids n Cancer, said: “The effort from Bridlington residents and from across the region has been tremendous.
“We would like to thank the Marshall family and all the people of Bridlington.
“Also a big thank you to the schools and the education authority for being so supportive in our campaign.
“We really appreciate the tremendous amount of work people put in to help Bradley and that money will help other children within the region who face a similar battle, and we can’t thank everybody enough for making that happen.”
Mr Hyman said that the amount of money raised by children themselves had been amazing.
“You hear a lot of bad things about youth, but when it comes to looking after one of their own, they did an amazing job,” he said, adding that some of the money raised is expected to help a 17-year-old cancer sufferer from Leeds.
He said: “She has a tumour in her chest and during a five-hour operation to remove it, doctors found that it was attached to a main artery.
“Unless she gets proton treatment soon she will die and these are the kind of people that Kids n Cancer want to get involved in and want to help.”
Bradley’s mum, Dawn Marshall also thanked the people of Bridlington for their fund-raising efforts and the support shown to her family.
She said: “We were overwhelmed with the amount of money that has been raised, even more so considering the present economic climate, and we were delighted to present it to Kids n Cancer to help other children with life-threatening illnesses.
“The public has been absolutely fantastic in their response and as a family we would like to thank everybody who raised or donated money.”