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Grandma Sets £250,000 Fundraising Challenge For Grandson

Monday January 14 2013

The family aim to raise the cash for Oliver by Summer. The family aim to raise the cash for Oliver by Summer.

THE GRANDMOTHER of a two-old-boy with a rare and aggressive form of cancer is trying to raise £250,000 to get him treatment abroad.

Oliver Field was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - cancer of the nerve cells - when he was just eight months old.

It had been thought he was beating the disease but his family received the devastating news four days before Christmas that a tumour had developed near his kidneys.

His grandmother Catherine Bottom, of South Road, Dodworth, and Oliver's parents Laura and Paul Field, are now desperately trying to raise the cash for lifesaving treatment which is not yet available in the UK after doctors said the tumour was very hard to treat for a second time.

Catherine, 52, said: "Oliver is just beautiful. He's happy, kind and gentle and we were just devastated, again, when we found out it had come back because he had been doing so so well. When he went for the scan we just expected it to be clear."

Oliver had an MRI scan on December 18, and Laura and Paul, of Dalton, near Huddersfield, were told the cancer had returned.

Oliver is still undergoing tests, but will start another course of chemotherapy on Tuesday with the hope of shrinking the tumour.

Catherine added: "We don't know why there are things available in other countries that we can't get in Britain. We're just looking at all our options in other countries."

Catherine and her family have already raised £40,000 through bag packing at Morrisons, Westway, where she works, and sky dives, coffee mornings, and sponsored walks and chest waxing.

To donate, visit www.theoliverfieldappeal.co.uk or text OLIF95 £10 (or any other whole donation between £1-£10) to 70070.

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Reply Posted by emma shone on Monday January 14 2013 at 14:44
i used to work with cath such a great lady and such a brave little fella... hope the chemo works and he gets better soon.

Reply Posted by maggie wood on Monday January 14 2013 at 15:03
good luck in your fundraising (my donation done :) ) ... i own @www.katieskostumes.co.uk which is a fancy dress shop, if any of the mascot outfits are of any use to you during your fundraise please contact me and your more than welcome to borrow them free of charge just send me a email through the website x

Reply Posted by carl on Monday January 14 2013 at 15:20
im all for fund raising BUT why do we have to send kids abroad for treatment to make them well again ?? these cancer treatments should be available on NHS in this country its hard enough having to go throgh somthing like this without having to travel abroad for treatment

Reply Posted by emma shone on Monday January 14 2013 at 15:40
I agree carl... all the fundraising events year in year out you'd think they would use some to make this possible in the uk.

Reply Posted by yvonne on Monday January 14 2013 at 20:07
I work with cath too and she is a lovely lady and i am doing a table top sale with raffle and tombola any donations welcome lets see if we can get this little the boy the i operation he so desperately needs

Reply Posted by lorraine on Tuesday January 15 2013 at 13:50
i sincerely hope you get the cash you need its such a shame this treatment is not available in this country and you are having to fund raise when others come from abroad and get the treatment they need for free i wish you luck :)

Reply Posted by Sue on Wednesday January 16 2013 at 10:38
Catherine might want to contact http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/alexanderstrong/, they have been fundraising for their little boy with the same disease. Sadly this little boy is no longer well enough to fly to seek treatment, but maybe the families could help each other