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Superhero siblings raise funds in memory of sister who died of cancer

In tribute to their baby sister who died of cancer last year, two siblings have raised nearly £9,000 for Children with Cancer UK by taking part in the charity’s Mini Superhero Challenge.

5 May 2020

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Over 12 days, Evie, 6, and Tommy, 4, helped their parents, Karley and Andy Ward, with household chores while wearing superhero outfits. The siblings chose to take part in the challenge in memory of their sister, Isobelle, who passed away due to a brain tumour last year. So far, they have raised £8,788 for Children with Cancer UK.

 

Evie and Tommy helped with chores such as clothes washing, clearing up after mealtimes, hoovering and cleaning the kitchen.

 

In 2018, Isobelle was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After seven months of intense chemotherapy treatment, Isobelle sadly passed away last year at just 18 months old. After hearing about the Mini Superhero Challenge, the Ward family decided to take part in order to provide a focus during lockdown.

 

The Mini Superhero Challenge is an initiative from Children with Cancer UK which is calling for children across the country to take part in fundraising activities to help fund research into childhood cancer. Fundraising ideas include performing chores, walking a mile a day or taking part in a readathon.

 

Commenting on her children’s fundraising efforts, Karley Ward said:

The Mini Superhero Challenge has been a great way for the whole family to focus during lockdown and it has been a fantastic way to raise money for Children with Cancer UK, in memory of Isobelle. The Challenge is a fun way for children to raise money for an incredible charity, which does such great work.

It has given Evie and Tommy a great sense of accomplishment, and they enjoyed doing the chores so much, they are going to carry on. The generosity we have received has blown us away – we are so grateful to everyone who has supported us.

Children with Cancer UK CEO, Mark Brider said:

We want to say thank you to Evie and Tommy for their fantastic fundraising efforts. The Mini Superhero Challenge is a great way to raise much needed funds for the fight against childhood cancer while at home. I would like to thank all the little heroes who have taken part in their own challenges.

 

To donate to Evie and Tommy’s Mini Superhero Challenge visit here. For more information about Children with Cancer UK’s Mini Superhero Challenge visit – https://superhero.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/

 

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About Children with Cancer UK

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national charity dedicated to research into childhood cancer.

We fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancers and provide support for families affected by childhood cancer. We have accelerated breakthroughs to improve childhood cancer survival rates and find kinder, more effective treatments with fewer toxic side effects. This ground-breaking research, which would otherwise go unfunded, saves the lives of children with cancer.  Children with Cancer UK receives no government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of donations from supporters.

About childhood cancer and Children with Cancer UK’s impact

Every day in the UK, 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer.

Fifty years ago, only 30% of children with leukaemia survived, and for most other forms of childhood cancer survival rates were even lower. Today, thanks to our supporters and the dedication of visionary researchers like those we fund, more than 80% of young patients can be successfully treated. More vital research is needed though as there are still a number of cancers affecting children and young people with low survival rates and life-limiting side effects. Cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.