Youngster’s charity efforts after facing her own battle with cancer

Tiereney Watson during treatment.

Tiereney Watson during treatment.

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A young girl who has battled leukaemia has raised around £1,000 to help charities support other people like herself.

Since finishing her chemotherapy only last summer, 12-year-old Tierney Watson, from Boston, has focused on helping other people through fundraisers such as coffee mornings and making badges and cards.

Tierney Watson at her primary school prom after treatment.

Tierney Watson at her primary school prom after treatment.

For her christening, which took place during her treatment, she asked for donations of money rather than presents to give to charity and plans many more fundraisers including a sky-dive when she turns 18.

Now in remission, but still going for check-ups every four weeks, Tierney said: “I saw people were raising money on Facebook and I thought I would do something as well.”

The money has gone to CLIC Sargent charity for children and young people with cancer and to Billy’s House in Nottingham, a home from home which helped Tierney and her family during her treatment.

She is also planning a fundraising coffee morning for the charity When You Wish Upon a Star which mum Gina says has been a big support throughout Tierney’s illness.

The charity hopes to grant Tierney’s wish to swim with dolphins and send the family on a much-needed holiday to Florida this summer.

Gina said: “Tierney went from being an outgoing person to spending more and more time sleeping and not wanting to eat or do anything.

“At first the doctors thought it was a virus but they finally sent her for a blood test. Two hours after the test we were at Nottingham Hospital at the Oncology unit. It has been very hard.”

Area manager for When You Wish Upon a Star Joanne Wright met the family while Tierney was undergoing treatment in Nottingham. She said: “Tierney is such a well-deserving young lady from a lovely family. She has been through such a lot so, in recognition of her bravery, we would love to grant her wish.”

Gina said: “I want people to be aware that there is a charity out there to help children grant their wishes.”

People wanting to help When You Wish Upon a Star by raising money to grant children’s wishes can contact joanne@whenyouwish.org.uk or on 01472 827100. Fundraising ideas might include a cake-bake or a dress down day at work.