Children’s cancer charity will pay for Ashya King’s £100,000 proton treatment

Naveed King with his brother Ashya
Naveed King with his brother Ashya

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A CHILDREN’S cancer charity has agreed to pay for Ashya King’s alternative treatment in Prague.

Kids ‘n’ Cancer. based in Chesterfield, will fork out the £100,000 needed to fund proton beam therapy for the five-year-old’s brain tumour.

Mike Hyman, founder of the charity, which seeks to help children in the UK looking to receive proton therapy treatment for cancers and tumours, said Ashya’s parents Brett and Naghmeh King had contacted him for help.

He said he may fly out to where the family are staying in Malaga tomorrow to talk about when things can get underway.

Ashya is currently being cared for a The Malaga Hospital and cannot leave there without consent being given by the UK High Court, which has been appointed his legal guardian.

A review of the wardship order is due to be held on Monday, although Ashya’s family hopes it will be lifted before then.

Mr Hyman said: ‘We have decided to help because we never say no.

‘Children should be able to grow up like I did, playing on a football pitch, annoying teachers, annoying anyone.

‘That is called growing up.

‘As a charity, our prime concern is to help people who need proton therapy and who would benefit from having proton therapy as a form of treatment.’