Liam’s Fund tps £100,000 barrier

ELY Standard readers and listeners t Star Radi can give themselves a huge pat n the back this week. A massive £56,676 has been raised fr ur charity f the year Liam s Fund, bringing Liam s ttal up t an impressive £139,029.98. The Ely Standard and S

ELY Standard readers and listeners t Star Radi can give themselves a huge pat n the back this week. A massive £56,676 has been raised fr ur charity f the year Liam's Fund, bringing Liam's ttal up t an impressive £139,029.98.

The Ely Standard and Star FM launched a jint fund-raising campaign in May last year t help Sham schlby Liam Fairhurst raise £100,000 fr children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. We tld readers hw the 12-year-ld had recently been diagnsed with cancer fr the secnd time, but was determined t reach his fund-raising target.

Lcal peple respnded magnificently and this week we learned that Liam has exceeded his riginal target by almst £40,000.

Liam's dad Mark said: "We are extremely grateful fr all the supprt that the Ely Standard and Star Radi campaign has generated. Nt nly because we knw this mney will make a big difference t families like urs but als n a mre persnal nte because it has kept all f us ging ver the last few mnths.

You may also want to watch:

"Anyne ging thrugh cancer treatment (and their families) will knw that life becmes a bit f a rllercaster with ups and dwn, the supprt shwn by yur readers and Star listeners has helped us during the dwns and made the ups mre appreciated.

"Currently, we are n a straight stretch. Liam cntinues n lw-level chem until May and has scans in March. Hpefully all this will see him int remissin, where he will g back t three-mnthly checks with n further need fr chem.

Most Read

"Despite everything he has gne thrugh he has managed t stay at schl full-time (apart frm hspital appintments) and this is thanks t the brilliant supprt frm the staff at Sham Village Cllege, the care he has received frm the hspital and his cmmunity nurses Nicki and Lucy.

"We knw that nne f what he has achieved wuld have been pssible withut this supprt, and hpe that he has inspired ther peple facing this disease nt t give up and t realise that yu can live with cancer. We wuld als like t thank CLIC Sargent, wh have been with us all the way, and particularly fund-raising manager Karen Rberts, fr all she has persnally dne fr us."

Liam was diagnsed with cancer in his leg in June 2005. He underwent fur peratins, fur curses f chem and had 32 blasts f raditherapy. The secndary cancer, in his lung, was picked up at a rutine scan in February last year.

While battling the disease, Liam decided he wanted t raise mney fr the charity that had given him and his family s much practical and emtinal supprt. He even appeared n the televisin prgramme Millin Pund Giveaway and persuaded the panel t give him £50,000 fr a hliday hme fr families.

Karen Rberts, frm CLIC, said: CLIC Sargent wuld like t say a massive thank yu t all the peple f East Cambs wh have given such tremendus supprt t Liam's campaign.

"We have been verwhelmed by peple's genersity and s far the appeal has managed t raise a staggering £139,029.98. This mney will enable CLIC Sargent t cntinue t supprt lcal families thrugh the lcal services prvided by the fantastic team at Addenbrke's Hspital. As Liam is always the first t pint ut, it is nt just him, everyday 10 children and yung peple are diagnsed with cancer r leukaemia and CLIC Sargent will be there fr each family, caring every step f the way."

Mark Peters, breakfast presenter at Star wh launched Liam's Mile t raise mney fr Liam and has wn tw radi awards fr his fund-raising effrts, said: "The reasn we gt invlved is simple... it was Liam. He apprached us and made such a reasnable request fr help, and we were wn ver by his curage and bravery. He deserves ur supprt. He never gives up and has faced s much. I think we we it t him t d what we can t help.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter