Young cancer sufferer from Havant looking forward to her holiday

HOLIDAY Chloe Challoner, 10, centre, in The Piam Brown Ward''with Grace Marshall, four and Pam Marshall, 42.      Picture: Malcolm Wells (112074-8738)
HOLIDAY Chloe Challoner, 10, centre, in The Piam Brown Ward''with Grace Marshall, four and Pam Marshall, 42. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112074-8738)

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A YOUNG girl who is battling cancer has been offered a free holiday from a kind-hearted organisation.

Little Chloe Challoner, of Rooksbury Croft, in Havant, was overjoyed to receive the trip to Hannah’s Holiday Home for her and her family, after those who run the centre read her story in The News.

Chloe, 10, who was diagnosed with bone cancer osteosarcoma nine months ago, will now be treated to a well-earned break at the house in Oakdene Forest Park, Ringwood.

The dream home boasts a swimming pool, an outside play area, a club house, an arcade and games area, crazy golf and much more.

Chloe said: ‘I’m really pleased we are going on holiday, the house sounds really nice. My grandma loves crazy golf and I’m really looking forward to swimming in the pool.’

Since being diagnosed, the youngster has been in and out of hospital for numerous treatments, chemotherapy and surgery to remove a tumour in her hip.

She now has an artificial bone where the tumour was, which is made out of metal and can be lengthened as she grows.

Chloe’s mum, Becci, 33, said: ‘It’s fantastic to be offered a holiday, we are in desperate need of one.

‘We haven’t ever had a family holiday before, it will be so nice just to have a bit of normality and do everyday family things – that’s what we all miss the most.’

Throughout, Chloe has remained keen to help others and was among hundreds to fundraise for Blue Day 2011 last month, in a bid to generate cash for research into the rare form of cancer.

After reading about her efforts, Pam Marshall, of Nightjar Close, Horndean, contacted Chloe’s family.

The 42-year-old founded Hannah’s Holiday Home in 2008, four years after her daughter Hannah died from Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 10 in her home in Waterlooville. The aim was to offer holidays to recently bereaved families or those with sick children.

She said: ‘Having lost my own daughter to cancer, I know exactly what the family are going through and I thought they would like a bit of a break from it all.

‘It’s a grim time for families going in and out of hospital, they deserve some time to relax and this way they can do that with the reassurance that the hospital is very near should anything happen.’

See hannahsappeal.org.