Family fun day raising money for sick 11-year-old in Leigh Park

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A COMMUNITY is pulling together today to raise money for the hospital ward where an 11-year old boy is receiving treatment.

There were stalls and games taking place in Ditcham Crescent, Leigh Park, until 4pm today.

FUN Elliot, three, and Celeste Worralls, two, tuck into cakes. Picture: Keith Woodland (132292-25)

FUN Elliot, three, and Celeste Worralls, two, tuck into cakes. Picture: Keith Woodland (132292-25)

The day was held to raise money for the Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital as Aidan Outen is undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer there.

Today is the first day in 10 weeks that he has been allowed home from hospital, although he has to return on Monday.

Aidan has Burkitt’s leukaemia and he is not expected to be home properly until Christmas. It is a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma, which affects the bone marrow.

His grandmother Beverley Underwood, grandfather Leslie Underwood and aunty Sarena Langford decided to organise the day to say thank you to the hospital.

Beverley. 55, of Hursley Road, said: ‘Originally it was meant to be just a coffee morning to raise money for the Piam Brown ward but it has snowballed from there. Everybody has been amazing. People have donated things and gone put of their way to help, it’s amazing.’

Her daughter and Aidan’s aunt Sarena Langford was helping to set up the stalls.

Sarena, 34, of Ditcham Crescent, said: ‘Everybody coming together like this is great. My nephew is very poorly at the moment so we are raising money for the ward he is in. It’s nice to have all the support, with everybody coming to help out.’

Aidan’s uncle Les Underwood was pitching in by running a sweet treat stall.

Les, 32, runs an ice-cream stand at the Pompey Standup cafe at the Hard, Portsmouth.

He donated over £200 of sweets from his shop and brought along a candy floss machine and slushed drinks maker.

Les said: ‘It’s great to see people support us and for then to get together to do something for the ward. The more we can do, the more money we can raise to help the ward Aiden is on.’

There were bric-a-brac stalls, home made cakes, a coconut shy, splat the rat, nail painting, fake tattoos and various other activities taking place until 4pm today on Ditcham Crescent, Leigh Park.