Thursday, October 9, 2008

News: Company raises over £6,000 for Rotherham cancer battler


Just four hours’ fundraising at a Rotherham company has raised a phenomenal £6,200 for teenage cancer fighter Daniel Barnett. Workers at car-components manufacturer Toyoda Gosei UK raised more than £3,000 at a family fun day – and the company promised to match the result pound for pound. That’s the equivalent of more than £2,500 an hour. "The total is a massive tribute to Daniel’s courage, in pressing ahead with his studies while undergoing treatment, and a mark of just what big-hearted people we have here at Toyoda Gosei," said company vice-president Chris Cooley. The 17-year-old needs not just chemotherapy for Ewing’s Sarcoma, primarily a form of bone cancer that affects about 30 young people a year in the UK, but also life-saving kidney dialysis three times a week. He will also soon need a kidney transplant. Yet he is still working towards four A-levels at Thomas Rotherham College and aiming at university – having gained nine A*-C GCSE’s at Clifton Comprehensive last year, a feat that was recognised with the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award. Family, friends and supporters are working to raise £15,000 to buy a specially-equipped, sterile, cabin at home. That would let him have the dialysis there and mean less time spent away from family and studies.


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