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Hospital Staff Complete 13-Mile Walk For Ill Child

Tuesday August 27 2013


The team at Wakefield Cathedral The team at Wakefield Cathedral


STAFF from Barnsley Hospital walked from Barnsley to Wakefield to raise money for a six-year-old boy suffering from a rare and aggressive childhood cancer.

The 14 staff, from the Intensive Therapy Unit, walked the 13 mile route - nearly a half marathon - to raise money for Joseph Lillywhite, who was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma in January and has been receiving treatment at Leeds General Infirmary.

The tumour has grown around his kidney and there is evidence of cancer in his bone marrow, hips and thighs.

Joseph’s current treatment is covered by the NHS, however in the UK there's currently no guarantee of treatment being made available if a child goes into relapse, and so Joseph may have to go on to receive treatment in the US or Europe.

The walk was led by Joseph’s mother’s cousin, Sue Ryan, who works at Barnsley Hospital. Sue said: "Joseph is a great little boy and has had a really tough time, so we all wanted to do something to help him.

"Although the walk was hard and long we all had a great time and everyone who took part really entered into the occasion.

"We decided to do the walk to start our fundraising and will be doing some more activities in the next few weeks and months to raise as much money as we can for Joseph."

The team of walkers completed the route in six-and-a-half hours, raising around £600 for Joseph through sponsorship and collection buckets.

Sue's next fundraising challenge is the notorious Tough Mudder and involves a 13-mile obstacle course.

For more information on Joseph's cause, click here.

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Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 18:06
What a beautiful and heartwarming story. This shows the pride and spirit of mankind.
Best wishes to Joseph.
It makes me realise how lucky I am with my family.

Reply Posted by Helen Lillywhite on Sunday September 15 2013 at 01:49
Thank you Sid x

Reply Posted by Kath Ward on Thursday August 29 2013 at 19:07
Such a sad story. My best regards go to him and his family. Is there anywhere I can make a donation? God bless you Joseph xxx

Reply Posted by Helen Lillywhite on Sunday September 15 2013 at 01:48
Hi Kath, I am Joseph's mum. Thank you so much for your comment, it means so much to us as a family to know people are thinking of Joseph. It is a devastated time but we battling each day. Joseph has a Facebook page to hear his story at Joseph lillywhites journey and also a just giving site for donations at www.justgiving.com/JosephLillywhite
Thanks again

Reply Posted by Kath Ward on Thursday August 29 2013 at 19:07
Such a sad story. My best regards go to him and his family. Is there anywhere I can make a donation? God bless you Joseph xxx

Reply Posted by sosij on Thursday August 29 2013 at 23:32
Yes kath,click on the red "here" at the bottom of the article. You can pay by PayPal or credit card