Monday, 11 December 2017

Supermarket staff raise £2.5k towards cancer treatment

A CHARITY day for an eight-year-old boy battling a brain tumour raised more than £2,500 towards revolutionary treatment.

A CHARITY day for an eight-year-old boy battling a brain tumour raised more than £2,500 towards revolutionary treatment.

Charlie Ilsley, from Emmer Green, has had to endure surgery and hours of radiotherapy since he was diagnosed earlier this year and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Staff at Tesco in Henley, where his mother Toni is a technician in the pharmacy, dressed in yellow and collected donations for Charlie?s Fund on Saturday. There was also a children?s entertainer and face painting.

Mrs Ilsley and her husband Mark are trying to raise up to £200,000 to pay for revolutionary proton therapy treatment, so Charlie doesn?t have to have radiotherapy again if the disease returns. His grandmother Linda Hall, who lives in Binfield Heath, said Charlie had undergone two bouts of chemotherapy and had a scan on Monday.

She said: ?If the treatment is going the way we want it they will carry on. If it's not to Charlie?s advantage, if the treatment doesn?t appear to be working, they will stop.?

Mrs Hall was delighted with the amount of money raised adding: ?They all looked beautiful ? it was just so lovely of them. It got to me. The manager told me ?we?re not stopping here Linda, we?re going to carry on collecting?.?

One of Mrs Ilsley?s colleagues Steven Pountney said: ?For me it?s quite personal. We wish her and her son well and the family.? Store manager Simon Warren said the total included money raised from collections at the pharmacy over the last month and from a cake sale on Friday.

He added: ?I?m absolutely amazed by the response, amazed by the support my colleagues and all of our customers have given us. It exceeded all of my expectations of how much we would raise for Toni and Charlie. We were delighted that we could help her and try and raise this money to potentially send Charlie for the treatment and I know it?s something all of the team have wanted to support and many of the customers with something so local.?

The store will be organising more fund-raising events for the youngster in the new year.

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