Mother’s desperate plea to save son

Charlie Gibson-Woolley, five, was diagnosed with asperger syndrome, a form of autism, aged three, before developing neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of children’s cancer two years later.

Despite attempts to raise money to treat Charlie, he is still nowhere near his target.

His mum Sharon said: “His appeal is flagging and we have so far to go. We haven’t even hit £10,000 yet and we need £275,000.

“Charlie has now finished his chemotherapy and will be reassessed to ensure the that the primary tumour has shrunk and the disease in his leg and ribs has lessened or preferably vanished.

“If so, this makes him a candidate for surgery which will be followed by another round of high dose chemotherapy, stem cell harvest and then radiotherapy before having to fly out to America for his immunotherapy treatment.

“Charlie has spent the last three months in hospital – bar five blissful days at home.

“Where other children on the treatment have been allowed home, he has had to stay in hospital as his blood counts haven’t been high enough to let him out and he has been receiving blood products to keep him stable most days.”

In an effort to increase Charlie’s total, Sharon, along with volunteers, has organised two fund raising events.

The first is Charlie’s Garden Party, Lytham Hall, Saturday August 18 between 12-6pm. Entertainment includes local band Acquiesce, face painting and Alice in Wonderland characters wandering the grounds. Family tickets will be £10, adults £5 and children £2.50.

The second event is Charlie’s Fun Time Factory, Park View 4 U, Lytham. hosted by MJR Event Productions, between 11.30-5.30pm. The afternoon is free and includes Blackpool Circus School, mini Olympic games and donkey rides.

Sharon added: “I would like to thank Natalie Rae for all her efforts for Charlie’s Appeal, MJR Event Productions who created Charlie’s Fun Time Factory, Lake View Rest Homes for their donation and staff non-uniform day and Child Cancer Northwest of Lytham St Annes for their donation.”