A mother has spoken of the heartache of losing her son to a rare childhood cancer as she prepares to mark the first anniversary of his death.
Five-year-old Will Woods died suddenly on June 3 last year, just a short while after being diagnosed with a rare condition called Childhood Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
Though this last year has been terribly difficult we have felt so strengthened by the love and support of family, friends and people up and down the countryLouise Woods
His family decided to create a lasting legacy and have spent the last 12 months raising funds for the Good Will Cause.
With a three-year, £50,000 target set, the family got to work raising funds through a series of ventures, and are already closing in on their full target in just a year
Will’s mum, Louise Woods, from Whitley Bay, said: “Though this last year has been terribly difficult we have felt so strengthened by the love and support of family, friends and people up and down the country.
“Since we set up the cause, family, friends and people we don’t know have been touched by Will’s story.
“They have undertaken skydives, races of every kind, fun days, charity evenings or just simply donated.
“Our target was £50,000 in three years and we have just hit £47,000 in one year, so our aim is to keep going.”
From the money raised so far, the charity has already donated £30,000 to the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund specifically to support the Lymphoma Research Team at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, as well as smaller donations to Clic Sargent, Macmillan support and St Oswalds Hospice Bereavement Team.
The next planned fundraising event is a family fun day on Sunday, June 28, at Olives at The Station in Whitley Bay.
The event is being kicked off at 1pm by North Shields Football Club and will include a host of activities and entertainment.
“We hope to see lots of people there we have a huge raffle organised by Central Coffee, bouncy castle, tea cups, nerf stall, kids activities, a magician, BumbleBee and Ironman, Disney princesses, cakes, kids tattoos, face paints, barbecue, drinks, music and more,” added Louise.
“June was Will’s special month so we wanted to host something that he would have loved.
“Will was our special boy and we won’t ever forget him.”
To donate to the cause, visit www.goldengiving.com/wall/The-Good-Will-Cause or visit www.facebook.com/thegoodwillcause for more information and event details.