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McKenzie's Birthday Wish Surprise

Tuesday September 20 2011


McKenzie Yates McKenzie Yates


BARNSLEY locals are rallying around to help make what could be one local youngsters last birthday one to remember.

Little McKenzie Yates - who is four on Thursday - has been told by doctors that he may just have weeks to live. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour 18 months ago.

Lindsay Hall has rallied around to arrange a birthday party for him which will be held today. A local supermarket has donated food, with other businesses pitching in to secure trimmings and balloons. We Are Barnsley has arranged for "Simmo" The Magician to attend to entertain the children.

And now Joanne Heywood, from the When You Wish Upon A Star charity, has stepped in to offer a holiday to Center Parcs for the family - as well as a ride in a fire engine (McKenzie's favourite mode of transport) thanks to the fire crews at Cudworth.

Joanne said: "We are very focussed on the community, as a charity we are only based in Grimsby but we deal with a lot of children from the Barnsley area. We are all about trying to help out. It's tragic but what we do makes a difference for people who need all the help they can get. It gives them some sort of experience as a family to remember in what must be the most horrendous time of their lives."

When You Wish Upon a Star sends 100 children to Lapland every Christmas - to help sponsor this year's trip, go to www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk.

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Reply Posted by Staceymckenzie on Friday September 16 2011 at 15:07
hes a lucky little chap lol 2 birthday partys in 1 week, hes gunna luv it thnks to every1. xx

Reply Posted by Carolhomer on Tuesday September 20 2011 at 17:16
our thoughts are with you all happy birthday to mckenzie hope hehas a good day xx

Reply Posted by Danielle Yates on Tuesday September 20 2011 at 18:21
our kenzie really enjoyed his party.I like to thank everyone who donated, A BIG MASSIVE thanks to Lyndsey.Nigel.Emma and Kyla for making Kenzies party so special.Much love.Barbara and family xxx

Reply Posted by Kirsty Lou on Tuesday September 20 2011 at 22:44
Happy 4th Birthday Macca<3 Hope you had a fab day im sorry i couldnt be there! :( x

Reply Posted by Michelle1312 on Wednesday September 21 2011 at 15:27
happy to see he had a fantastic day,one to remember xx

Reply Posted by Danielle Yates on Thursday September 22 2011 at 17:39
Happy birthday to a special little boy.our Kenzie.hope you enjoyed your day cocka. Just like to say a big thanks to the lads from Cudworth fire station.MASSIVE RESPECT to you all.and cheers to all family and friends who came to Kenzies party love always..BAM and family. xxx

Reply Posted by Linda patten-smith on Thursday September 22 2011 at 20:12
i think mckenzie is a brave little boy god bless him and his family, lyndsey is my daughter-in-law nigel my son i am very proud of them for doin this for him and his family, i my self have terminal cancer and have been very sceard but this little boy is very special and brave give him a hug from me wish i could do more to help him and his family, Happy Birthday mckenzie .from Linda xx

Reply Posted by Dizran on Friday September 23 2011 at 19:18
well dun linz n nige for the efforts u av gone to to make a little boy a happy birthday boy xx

Reply Posted by Abbey Westbury Jennings on Sunday March 11 2012 at 19:47
R.I.P macca !! sadly missed xxxxx