A THREE-year-old who has a life-threatening cancer has relaunched his charity appeal for a different cause and raised almost £20,000 in the first week.
Wayne Prescott and his partner Stephanie Reece have been desperately seeking £250,000 to send their son, Braiden Lee Prescott to America for pioneering treatment since he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma earlier this year.
They now have until the beginning of December to find the funds, and have started a new appeal with Neuroblastoma Alliance UK,
Braiden’s family had been fund-raising with another charity Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN), with funds reaching £20,000, but in a desperate bid to attain their target, have called on Neuroblastoma Alliance UK to help.
Wayne, of Leigh, said: “We would like to thank the other charity, FAN, for their support.
“However, we have decided to set up a new appeal with the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK, as the charity has more experience in helping families fund raise for treatment than any other neuroblastoma charity in the UK. By working with the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK, we feel Braiden has the best chance of getting the treatment he needs.
“We want to reassure everyone who donated to the old appeal that the money they gave to help Braiden is ready and waiting for him when he needs it.”
The appeal with old charity has now been closed.
All the money raised so far with FAN will be transferred directly to the hospital, when Braiden needs it for his treatment costs.
Linza Crop, director of FAN, said; “It is completely understandable that as time is ticking, the family have sought help from another charity that has more funds.
“We wish them well and hope the treatment works for Braiden.
“We provide support in other areas after care and the family know they can use our services when needed.”
It is understood that, similar to FAN, Neuroblastoma Alliance, would potentially fund the shortfall of the treatment and the family would continue to raise money after Braiden’s surgery.
Anyone wishing to help Braiden and his family can donate to the fund-raising appeal online, at www.justgiving.com/braiden-lee, or donate by text message by texting BRLE99 and an amount, for example £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
The Neuroblastoma Alliance UK will also help anyone wishing to hold a fund-raising event to benefit Braiden’s appeal.
Contact Nikki on 020 8202 9065 for more information.
One event on the diary is a fun day at Mr Earls, Earl Street, in Higher Ince, on Sunday, October 21, from 12.30am.
There will be bouncy castles, face painting, balloon modelling, stalls and fairground ride, with all money going towards the appeal.