Fundraising for Sheffield toddler’s cancer treatment tops £5000

The family of a three-year-old cancer patient have thanked those who fundraised over £5000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

By: Emily Pollock
Date: 10/11/2021

The family of a three-year-old cancer patient has issued a heartfelt statement thanking those who raised money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s treatment of their son.

Over £5000 has been raised for the Cancer and Leukemia Ward at the hospital, which provides Jude Mellon-Jameson’s cancer treatment.

The night before Jude’s third birthday in July, his parents found out that he has high-risk neuroblastoma, a cancer of the specialised nerve cells.

Following the diagnosis, friends and family began a wider community effort to help transform the ward into a brighter space, giving patients a better view of Weston Park when they’re in isolation and making them feel as comfortable as possible.

Jude’s mum, Lucy Mellon-Jameson, said: “Everyone has rallied around to make sure we were all okay. We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity. 

“We’ve had people doing washing, bringing us food, giving us lifts to the hospital and back and buying gifts for Jude.”

The fundraising included online raffles, raising more than £4,000 and a JustGiving page.

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club also showed their support and shared Jude’s story across their social media channels and website, leading to worldwide donations.

Jude’s dad Arron Mellon-Jameson, who is a former Owls goalkeeper, praised the club for their help.

He said: “When my career started at 15, I wanted to join a club with a family feel, where I would be nurtured and looked after. I made the right choice with Sheffield Wednesday and spent ten years developing as a player and a young man.

“Fast forward seven years after leaving and the club has rallied to support my family when we need it the most. The Wednesday family has once again shown why I made that choice at 15. From myself and my wonderful family, thank you.”

Jude in hospital with his dad

Lucy added: “The world can seem such a cruel place sometimes but this experience, despite it being the worst thing we’ve ever been through, has restored my faith in humanity.”

Lucy Cain, Regional Fundraising Officer at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “Hearing about Jude’s story and the effort to make a difference in his honour over the last few weeks has been nothing short of inspiring.

“Both the determination of his friends and family to say thank you to Sheffield Children’s and the generosity of the local community demonstrated so clearly in the response to the raffle and fundraising, have been incredibly moving. To raise so much, so soon, is an amazing achievement and we are beyond grateful to have their support. 

“The money raised for our new Cancer and Leukaemia ward will not only benefit Jude during his ongoing care but also generations of families in the future who are facing similar situations. Thank you so much.”

The remarkable amount of money raised will also be recognised with a permanent donor plaque when the ward’s transformation is completed.

As the ward is the Principal Treatment Centre for children with cancer and leukaemia across South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire, the changes will make a positive impact on many people.

Support the fundraising effort here.

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