Zac’s appeal given a boost by travel agent

PEOPLE in Rushden showed their support for a brave eight-year-old boy who has been battling cancer for three years by donating money to his charity appeal.

Zac Knighton-Smith, eight, of Rushden, has been fighting acute neuroblastoma almost half his young life.

His family are trying to raise more than £30,000 for Zac to have treatment abroad and at home.

Staff at Thomas Cook in Rushden showed their support for his appeal by holding a fundraising cake stall, guess the flag competition and a tombola during Rushden’s St George’s Day celebrations on Saturday.

At total of £167 was raised for the youngster on the day.

Thomas Cook assistant manager Amanda Anderson said: “I had seen stories about Zac in the Evening Telegraph and I wanted to do something to help him.

“We were really pleased to be able to support Zac.

“Everyone knew who he was and they were pleased to support him.”

Zac’s mum Sam Knighton said: “We are really grateful for what the staff at Thomas Cook have done.

“We have been doing this for more than three years now and we have had so much support from the local community.

“Because he is a local boy everyone wants to help him, and they have done so from day one.”

Zac returned from Germany at the beginning of March after having a programme of homeopathic treatments.

He is facing two more possible trips to Germany for homeopathic treatments which back up his cancer treatment.

Ms Knighton added: “I feel that it has helped him an awful lot – I don’t think that the treatment in this country alone would have been enough.”

People can help support Zac’s appeal by holding fundraising events.

Anyone who can help can call 01933 460773 or 07949 928873 or donate online at