Brave duo hand over walk cash

Chris and Ursula Downton with Maisie and Sky, who both suffered from cancer
Chris and Ursula Downton with Maisie and Sky, who both suffered from cancer

TWO young cancer sufferers have done a sponsored walk and handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the Children with Cancer Fund.

Maisie Smith, six, from Eastbourne, and her friend Skye Murray, seven, from Pevensey, met each other when they were receiving treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

The brave and inspirational duo found they could relate to each other as they were going through similar treatment and they have been friends ever since.

Skye has now finished her intensive treatment and has been given the all clear. Maisie will be continuing her treatment until October.

Earlier this year the girls walked along Eastbourne seafront for a fundraiser they called Mini Race For Life. The girls walked from the Wish Tower to Holywell and raised more than £1,000.

A total of £1,000 was given to Chris and Ursula Downton from the Polegate-based Children with Cancer Fund and £50 to Demelza and £50 to the play room at the Royal Marsden – charities which helped the girls through their battles with cancer.

Maisie’s dad Dominic said, “The girls wanted the Children With Cancer Fund to be the main beneficiaries as they do so much for families like us.

“Maisie’s treatment for leukaemia does not finish until October 2013, so we still have a way to go, and it is a long time for people to remember you continue to need support.

“Chris and Ursula are always there for families affected by childhood cancer by providing wishes and days out.

“It really makes a difference to how the children cope with things, knowing they have things to look forward to and meeting other children coping with similar difficulties.”

Dominic also thanked everyone who contributed to the fundraising total including Maisie’s school, Roselands Infants, who have been particularly supportive this year.

He added, “Maisie and Skye were so proud to have been able to give so much money to the Children With Cancer Fund and they could not have done it without everyone’s help.”