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Bucks charity needs help supporting children with cancer

The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund has had to cancel its annual fundraising walk

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:30pm 30th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks charity needs help supporting children with cancer

Buckinghamshire residents and beyond are being asked to support the charity. 

Starting at Great Missenden the Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund "Dream Walk" would usually raise thousands of pounds to help support the fund.

However, this has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund was founded in 1999 by then 9 year old Thomas who was undergoing treatment for stage 4 neuroblastoma. 

The goal was to provide some relief from the strain cancer places on children and their family and after Thomas' death in 2003. 

Elaine Ball, along with her husband Trevor and terrior dog Louis, will be taking up the 6 mile midnight walk themselves.

She explained why, now more than ever, they need the funds:

"Because of the pandemic we have had to change the way we support families. So we've been sending food parcels and activities packs out to children in Buckinghamshire who are suffering from cancer. 

"Now we can safely open out holiday homes we need to raise money to send children on their holidays.

"We still need money to send the children who missed out on their Easter Holidays. We've been spending lots of money, but not fundraising any.

"Hopefully tonight we can generate some funds to keep the charity going and get the sick children the holidays they deserve."

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Elaine and Trevor believe they are being optimistic trying to raise the usual £3,000 on their own, but they are determined to do try.

They aren't alone though, some people have pledge to walk the 6 miles as they usually would. 

Elaine explains this means a lot to them and the families they help:

"The families are desperate. I haven't got enough weeks left to book for the demand we are getting. 

"It is such a terrible traumatic time for them, not only have they had the worry of the cancer but also of the virus.

"It makes a huge difference to the whole family, not just the children. The brothers, sister, mums, dads grannies and granddads... They can all go and have a lovely time and it doesn't cost them anything. 

"Hopefully this can continue for a very long time."

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