Summer fights to beat cancer

Fundraiser for Summer Allen at Rastrick Bowling Club.'Alyson Littlefair (Nanna) and Alan Binns (Calan).
Fundraiser for Summer Allen at Rastrick Bowling Club.'Alyson Littlefair (Nanna) and Alan Binns (Calan).

FRIENDS of four-year-old Summer Allen who is fighting a form of cancer have helped to raise nearly £2,000 to send her abroad.

Summer who lives in Brighouse with her parents Sarah and David and twin sister, Paige, has been diagnosed with one of the most aggressive forms of cancer - neuroblastoma.

Her family is trying to raise £500,000 in conjunction with charity Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) so she can get the treatment she needs.

Ruth Abdy whose children started at Little Leopards pre-school based at Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick, at the same time as Paige and Summer, organised the event with help from Sue Mardell at Rastrick Bowling Club.

Around 150 people, some of whom didn’t know Summer but had seen the article in the Brighouse Echo and in the school’s newsletter, attended the event to help raise £1,860.

There was a DJ, party games, visits from Ben 10, Hello Kitty, Peppa Pig, and Mickey Mouse. There was also a raffle, a cake stall, face painting and a craft area.

Ruth said: “It all went really well and we are extremely happy with the amount we raised. And we are looking forward to the next event.”

Next month Ruth and Sue will be scaling new heights at ROKT climbing gym in Brighouse to raise even more funds for the appeal. It is being organised by staff at ROKT and will include either a climb or an abseil.

Mum Sarah said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who helped raise such a great amount for Summers appeal.

“We can’t express how grateful we are to you all especially Ruth and Sue for all your hard work.”

Summer is currently on a ventilator after trying a chemotherapy called topotecan, vincristine and doxorubicin.

Sarah said she is getting better each day.

“She is such a fighter and she will win this,” she said.