Community fund set up for brave toddler in US

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Hopes to ensure that a Stapleford toddler can afford to receive lifesaving treatment in America, alongside her family have not been diminshed.

The Stapleford community group had to cancel a fundraising event set to happen last week. [20 FEB]

The group have now set up the Bethany Topley Community Fund in the hope of raising at least £1,000.

Toddler, Bethany, who has suffered with rare cancer form Rhabdomyosarcoma under her left eye since she was 11 months old is currently in Oklahoma City, receiving radiotherapy with parents Paul Topley, 33, Lesley Barsby, 23 and five-year-old brother Caine.

While the NHS were able to cover costs of the 12-week treatment, they weren’t able to pay for Bethany’s brother or accomodation.

Bethany’s treatment also looks set to be delayed as her brother Caine has contracted Chicken pox which could leave Bethany susceptible.

Grandfather, David Barsby of Bramcote said the family were overwhelmed and thankful of the support.

“We’re keeping positive, it’s all very hard but the support is keeping us strong.”

Group chairman Richard McRae said: “We received a great response in four days, raising almost £200,”

The group are also holding coffee mornings and raffles with local business help.

Donations can be made by visiting: and searching for Bethany Topley Community Fund.