How toddler’s plight touched mum’s heart

Sarah Uttley, fund-raising for Sadie Rose Clifford
Sarah Uttley, fund-raising for Sadie Rose Clifford

A HALIFAX mother-of-two, touched by the plight of a sick toddler, has organised a set of fund-raising activities.

Sarah Uttley, of Lawler Close, Ovenden, had seen TV coverage of the quest by Sadie Rose Clifford’s family to raise £500,000 needed to cover treatment for a rare cancer.

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Two-year-old Sadie Rose, from Knaresborough, is currently in New York having treatment for neroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer.

Mrs Uttley, mum to Ella, two, and Keera, nine, said: “I saw the story in the news.

“I have a child the same age myself so wanted to do something to help.

“The situation is quite different but my older daugther was quite ill with diabetes when she was younger.

“It was quite a scary situation, so hearing Sadie Rose’s story touched a nerve.”

Sadly, this week Sadie Rose’s family have been told by doctors in New York that more tumours have been found in her liver which are spreading to her chest.

Her treatment has had to be stopped to begin a further course of chemotherapy instead while friends and family back home urgently continue to fund-raise for the vital medical treatment.

Mrs Uttley got in touch with her daughters’ school, Moorside Community Primary School in Ovenden, and tomorrow all children will be paying £1 to ditch their school uniform in an Own Clothes for Sadie Day.

She is also organising a fun toddle on March 3 and a raffle and leg wax on Friday March 9 at 7.30pm at Lee Mount Club.

Businesses including Electric Bowl, Baby Ballet, The Big Blue Frog, The Moorings, Syhiba restaurant, Harveys and Anthony James Hairdressing have so far donated prizes for the raffle.

Any other businesses who can contribute can ring Sarah on 07948 061944.

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