Donate old clothes and help save Sheffield lives

Sam Vernon''Photograph by Richard Walker/ImageNorth
Sam Vernon''Photograph by Richard Walker/ImageNorth
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A MUM whose son has received the all-clear from cancer is urging people to clear out their wardrobes to help raise funds for medical research.

Jenny Vernon, aged 35, of Wadsley, Sheffield, is backing Cancer Research UK’s Give Up Clothes For Good scheme, to help beat kids’ cancer.

People can drop off a bag of their unwanted clothing at TK Maxx stores during April.

Each bag could be worth up to £30 for Cancer Research UK with money raised going towards research into children’s cancers.

Five-year-old Sam Vernon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in February 2010 when he was three.

He had had a persistent bad chest to the point he was frequently out of breath.

Tests carried out at Sheffield Children’s Hospital showed Sam had numerous tumours from his neck to his stomach, pressing on his wind pipe.

He was admitted to intensive care and after further tests, doctors gave Jenny and dad Richard the devastating news he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Jenny said: “When we were told Sam had cancer our first thoughts were that we were going to lose him.

“But he is such a little fighter and has been so brave throughout everything. He’s an inspiration to us all and kept us strong and positive throughout.

“Despite everything he has been through, he always had a smile on his face and made the nurses and staff smile too. He started school in September last year and has made lots of new friends there.

“Thanks to research into children’s cancers, Sam now has the all clear and is living a full and happy life like any other five-year-old.

“We would urge people to support Give Up Clothes for Good and go through their wardrobes, cupboards and drawers.”