The Harris has once again been lit up to ‘Go Gold’ in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.Advertisement
The campaign to raise awareness happens every September, with cities and towns around the world lighting up their landmarks gold in support.
Families who have been personally affected, particularly by the loss of a child, will also leave bicycles that have been sprayed gold around the areas where they live.
One affected family pleased to see the occasion marked by Preston is the Ilots from Fulwood. Their eldest son Georg was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2016 and underwent over three years of treatment at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Mum Sara said: “We are currently trying to raise funds for the hospitals that treated Georg and some of the charities who have helped us. They have all been affected greatly by the pandemic with loss of donations.
“Georg is doing a virtual cycle to raise funds. He cannot ride a bike yet because of his cancer and treatment, so this is very difficult for him. Many children suffer from late effects of treatment.”
One of the charities set to benefit from the Ilots’ fundraising is Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity.
Sara said: “Royal Preston Hospital is a Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit for children with cancer who live in the surrounding areas.
“Last year we donated an End of Treatment Bell to the children’s ward.
“If anyone has children who have been treated on Ward 8 at RPH and wants to donate, I know the ward would be grateful of any donations.”
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To donate to the Ilots’ fundraising, visit their Virgin Money Giving page.
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