A dedicated teenage fundraiser has reached another milestone for charity.
Cameron Small, 15, from Grimsargh, near Preston, has blood disorder, Evans Syndrome, almost since birth and has raised an incredible £123,000 over the years for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Earlier this year, however, having reached the milestone of 1,000 visits to the hospital, he set himself a target of raising £1,000.
In April, he suffered a severe haemolytic attack due to medication changes. “But he fought back strongly and was back to normal after three months,” said his dad, Andy.
Back to normal meant back to school at St Cecilia’s RC High, where Cameron is deputy head boy, working hard for his exams but also finding time for his fundraising.
This has always been backed by help from family and friends – and this time Longridge businesswoman and birthday girl Catherine Reid stepped in with generous support.
Instead of presents for her 50th birthday, Catherine, who owns the Oh Sew Crafty shop on Berry Lane, requested donations for Cameron’s appeal. She threw a party at the civic hall and £653 flooded in, helping Cameron smash his target and take his total to £1,300.
He and the family thanked Catherine, her husband Ian and all concerned for the gesture. The money will be spent on toys and games for children in hospital over the festive period.
Cameron’s next event is helping Santa Claus giving out presents to youngsters in Grimsargh on Christmas Eve.
Next year he is planning more fundraising by organising An Evening with Cameron Small, highlighting his achievements both locally and nationally.