THE family of a young girl battling cancer has issued a special thank you to those who have donated towards her treatment appeal.
Derek Challoner, the grandfather of 10-year-old Chloe Challoner, said the family thanks the cast, staff and the patrons of the Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea, after a gala evening was held there on Monday in aid of the Chloe Challoner Appeal.
Former Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw, who is appearing in the theatre’s panto Cinderella, has taken Chloe to her heart.
Young Chloe is battling a rare form of bone cancer and her family need to raise £10,000 by February to send her for breakthrough treatment in Texas.
Mr Challoner said: ‘A special thank you must go to Chris and Colin Pearce and members of the RAOB club in New Road for getting the fund started.
‘A special mention must go to Tracy Shaw, who has formed a close bond with Chloe, for managing at short notice to put together an excellent variety show in Monday night, which was enjoyed by all.
‘We still have a way to go to meet our target, but with the monies raised so far things are looking promising. Also thank you to The News for the reports of Chloe’s illness and progress over the last 18 months.’