Liam's Fund breaks the £100,000 barrier
PUBLISHED: 12:10 22 June 2007 | UPDATED: 12:35 04 May 2010
SOHAM S super fund-raiser Liam Fairhurst has broken his £100,000 barrier this week are receiving a cheque from his school friends. Liam, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer after being diagnosed with the disease for the second time in Februar
SOHAM'S super fund-raiser Liam Fairhurst has broken his £100,000 barrier this week are receiving a cheque from his school friends.
Liam, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer after being diagnosed with the disease for the second time in February, has been fundraising for the CLIC Sargent children's cancer charity.
The 12-year-old picked up a cheque for £3,860 at a special assembly on Thursday at Soham Village College where he is a pupil.
Liam's dad Mark, who also attended the assembly, said: "It's very fitting that the cheque from the school has helped Liam break his target as the school and all the pupils there have done so much fund-raising on Liam's behalf. We've been overwhelmed by the community spirit that has been shown towards Liam and his fund. Without the help of local people we wouldn't have got this far so I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who's supported us. It's really been phenomenal."
CLIC is the UK's leading children's cancer charity and has been supporting Liam and his family throughout his treatment.
Following his sponsored swim last December when he raised £20,000 by swimming one mile, Liam has since appeared on ITV1's Million Pound Giveaway when he was awarded £50,000. On his 12th birthday, in February this year, Liam presented CLIC Sargent with a cheque for more than £70,000.
Days later, Liam received the dreadful news that his cancer had returned but undeterred he set himself an increased target of £100,000. Since then, local people and companies have got behind him. Recent events include a race day at Red Lodge Karting in Newmarket which raised a whopping £10,000, an auction at the Soham beer festival which raised £2,500 and a fellow pupil at the village college had his dreadlocks cut off to raise a further £1,000.
Liam's bravery throughout his treatment has earned him some prestigious recognition. Gordon Brown awarded him with a Princess Diana Award in February in honour of his courage and compassion for others. And this week he was awarded the Courageous Child of the Year award by a regional newspaper.
Karen Roberts, CLIC Sargent's fund-raising manager who has been working with Liam and his family to achieve his target, said: "I am so proud of Liam and what he's achieved. He's a truly inspirational young man who is forever thinking of other people, even when he's having a tough time himself.
"The whole Fairhurst family have worked tirelessly to reach this amount. Since they started in November last year they've raised an average of £400 per day which is really amazing. The amount they have now raised is phenomenal and will help to make a real difference to many other children and families also affected by childhood cancer."
Liam will now be having a rest as he continues his treatment but he won't stop fund-raising altogether.
He told the Ely Standard: "I'm really happy that I've managed to reach my £100,000 goal. Everybody has been so nice and done loads of fund-raising to help me reach my target. I'm really glad it was the cheque from my school that put me over £100,000 because they've all been really supportive and spent lots of time raising more than £5,200 for my appeal."
For more information about CLIC Sargent and how the charity supports children and young people with cancer or leukaemia, log onto www.clicsargent.org.uk or call their Child Cancer Helpline on 0800 197 0068.
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