Yorkshire three peaks challenge will raise money for young boy with neuroblastoma
Thursday 31st August, 2017
Members of Wetherby Whaler’s Pudsey team are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge to help pay for specialist treatment for a young boy suffering from neuroblastoma.
The team are raising money for four-year-old Toby, from Leeds, who has been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma – the same illness which Bradley Lowery lost his fight to earlier in the year.
Toby’s family put out an appeal after they were informed by the NHS that they need to raise £200,000 themselves to allow him to continue receiving the trial treatment abroad.
Inspired by the appeal, five members of the team at Wetherby Whaler Pudsey hope to raise £1,000 for the fund by climbing the Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent mountains on September 13.
Lauren Lofthouse, one of the team members taking part in the fundraising challenge, said: “My sister is currently receiving treatment for cancer on the same ward as Toby, so his story and his parents’ struggle really hit home for me.
Cancer is an awful disease that has touched everyone in some way, but for the most part, people don’t have to worry about funding it themselves because the NHS takes care of it and they can just concentrate on getting better. That’s not the case for Toby and his family, who don’t know if they will secure the money they need to get him into treatment.”
Carys Schofield, Restaurant Manager at Wetherby Whaler Pudsey, said: “A few of us were discussing the appeal Toby’s parents put out when my colleague, Lauren, mentioned her sister’s connection with him. We starting talking and decided we had to do something to support them, which eventually evolved into doing the Three Peaks.
The challenge is quite daunting and I’m sure we will be absolutely exhausted from it, but it will all be worth it if we can help Toby get some of the way towards getting the treatment he needs.”
You can support the Wetherby Whaler Three Peak Challenge by donating at the Pudsey restaurant or takeaway, or visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lauren-lofthouse