Sponsored walk is planned for brave little Masie

Maisie Smith is hoping to be well enough to attend the event
Maisie Smith is hoping to be well enough to attend the event

A COURAGEOUS five-year-old battling leukaemia is hoping to start a sponsored walk to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Maisie Smith, pictured, who lives with her dad Dominic and mum Sarah in St Philip’s Avenue, was diagnosed with leukaemia in May.

The little one’s illness will take two and half years to treat and she is around nine weeks in to the treatment.

Maisie has had a difficult time over the last month as she has struggled to fight infections.

Dominic said, “She has shown incredible courage though this early, difficult stage of her treatment.

“She has been in and out of different hospitals and has been through a lot but she manages to bounce back.”

Maisie is a pupil at Roselands Infant School but she has not been able to attend classes recently due to her illness.

Five-year-old friend Amy Thurston has missed seeing Maisie while she has been fighting her infection and she and her mum Nicky are organising a sponsored walk called Maisie’s Miles on July 24.

The walk will start at the car park by the Cuckoo Trail in Heathfield, where there will be stalls including a raffle and a tombola.

The walkers will set off at 10am and walk to Horam along the footpath. It is hoped Maisie will be well enough to attend the event and set off the walkers.

Event organiser Nicky is now looking for people to help and support the walk.

She is also hoping businesses may be able to donate prizes for the tombola or raffle.

Anyone who can help with the event is asked to email Nicky at nickykeen04@yahoo.co.uk.

People who want to support the walk can make a donation online at www.justgiving.com/amythurston.