Inspirational girl’s brave battle to help child cancer sufferers

Tierney Watson, 10, fundraising with best friend Tanisha White, 11.
Tierney Watson, 10, fundraising with best friend Tanisha White, 11.

An inspirational girl who battled with cancer has devoted her time to helping other child sufferers and those who looked after her.

Brave 10-year-old Tierney Watson was diagnosed with leukaemia in April 2012 but is now in remission and supporting good causes.

Mum Gena, of Ingram Road, said: “It was a massive shock, we were due to go on our first holiday abroad and she was diagnosed three weeks before that, so obviously that was cancelled and a whole new life began.”

The youngster spent seven weeks in Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, undergoing treatment before being put onto maintenance for the next two years – during that time staying at Billy’s House and receiving support from charity Clic Sargent.

However, Tierney hasn’t let her illness get to her and even though she sometimes felt a bit ‘scared’.

She said: “I’m feeling much better than I was in the beginning.”

She has also has been organising her own fundraising events for the charities that helped her - including recently holding a coffee morning which raised £700 and a onesie day at school.

And she has inspired others to do the same including her best friend Tanisha White, Asda where her parents work and Boston Rugby Club – which donated £1,200 to Children with Cancer to support her efforts.

She said: “It’s made me very happy because the money was raised for children with cancer and it also helps other kids with cancer.

“I’m just really happy and thankful that people have taken some money out their pockets and donated it to really good charities.”

Tierney, who lost her hair during treatment, also said that when it grows back she plans to get it shaved off again to raise money for a charity which had provided her with a wig to wear.