Fundraising walk for little Abbey

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Family and friends of a Cotmanhay toddler battling a brain tumour are hoping a fundraising walk will raise cash for a charity supporting her.

Little Abbey Fenton was diagnosed with Choroid Plexus Carcinomas – a rare and aggressive cancer in the fluid of the brain – after doctors scanning her for what they thought was meningitis spotted a brain tumour.

23-month-oldAbbey is undergoing intensive treatment at the Queen’s Medical Centre where her mum, Julie Smedley, and seven-year-old sister Taya are spending day and night at her bedside.

Naomi White, a friend of Abbey’s mum, told the Advertiser: “As anyone can imagine being diagnosed with any form of cancer is everyone’s worst nightmare, especially when it’s your loved one or child.

“It changes every member of the family’s life.

“Julie and Taya are being remarkable and unbelievably brave and giving Abbey the love and support she needs, being by her bedside 24 hours a day seven days a week ather bedside.

“It’s been heartbreaking to see Abbey go from being a lively little girl to so poorly.

“We all feel so helpless and raising money forcharity is just one thing we can do to feel like we’re doing something.”

To raise cash for CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity, Naomi has organised a fun walk on Saturday November 3.

Anyone is welcome to join the walkers, some who will be in cartoon character fancy dress, as they make their way from the Rutland Rec, through Ilkeston and up to the Mallard pub on Heanor Road for a raffle.

Prizes include a 40”TV, three months membership at Platinum Gym, one month membership at The Manor Squash and Racquet’s Club and many more.

For more information or to buy raffle tickets email

To make a donation to CLIC Sargent in Abbey’s name visit