A school is appealing for help to raise funds to allow the family of a 10-year-old be with him when he flies to the US for urgent treatment.
Mikey Wells, from Wellingborough, has been fighting a brain tumour since 2011, and is due to travel to the States for proton therapy next month.
Chemotherapy was unsuccessful, meaning Mikey now has to visit American specialists – and his family now need to raise £20,000 to be with him.
The treatment is being funded but his family want to be with him during the process – which could take up to three months – to make it as easy as possible for the youngster and give him support while he is out there.
Initially the family was told it would need at least £10,000 to cover their costs, but it has since been estimated that they will need double that.
And his school, Freeman’s Academy in Wellingborough, is hosting a special Christmas Fair next Friday, December 12, to try and boost Mikey’s fundraising.
The Westfield Road school is putting on festive entertainment as well as an auction, which they are appealing for donations towards. Auction prizes can be items or experiences – with a prize of a helicopter ride already having been donated.
Mikey’s class teacher Jo Radcliffe said: “We will carry on the fundraising after they have gone, but we would like them not to have to worry about it.
“Mikey is a lovely boy. He’s popular, he’s sporty, he tries his hardest all the time and he never lets his illness get him down.
“He won’t have time off unless he’s really poorly, he doesn’t want special treatment – he’s amazing.”
You can help Mikey by donating at his Go Fund Me page. So far more than £8,900 of the £20,000 target has been raised.