Fundraiser for brave toddler cancelled

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Fundraising efforts to help a Stapleford toddler receive lifesaving treatment in America have had to be cancelled due to lack of support.

Two-year-old Bethany Topley, of Stapleford, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, at just 11 months of age.

After undergoing six months of intensive chemotherapy and two operations, the NHS have now decided to send Bethany and her parents Paul Topley, 33, and Lesley Barsby, 23, out to Oklahoma City for radiotherapy - a course of treatment that is costing a reported £100,000-plus and could take up to 12 weeks.

But the NHS could not cover the cost for the couple’s five-year-old son, Caine, to travel to America - nor foot the bill for living costs while the family are in the States.

A charity has paid for Caine to join the family and Stapleford Community Group were set to raise cash to cover the family’s expenses with an event on February 20 but have been forced to cancel it.

Chairman Richard MacRae explained: “We have no doubt people living in the area would have come along and supported the cause but a lack of response from loacl businesses and groups meant we had nothing to offer them.

“We will still be funraising for the faily and are organising a host of other events.”