Family of tragic Alexia raise £20k for hospital

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The parents of a four-year-old girl who died just days after being diagnosed with leukaemia have hit a £20,000 fundraising total a year since her death.

Alexia McArthur died 11 days after medics at Sheffield Children’s Hospital broke the devastating news of her diagnosis to her mum Jade Ellerby and dad Gaz McArthur.

Her family has since launched a huge fundraising effort for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, organising events from bike rides and pub nights to boxing matches and a Full Monty evening.

Jade, of Kimberworth Park, Rotherham, said: “The whole community has come together to help us raise money. We have had collection tins all over the town, and people have done their own events.

“We have been overwhelmed at the amazing support people have given us, and it has really helped us get through this year.”

One of the main charity nights was held at the Trades Club on Greasbrough Road, featuring comedy, singers and a raffle, which raised £2,561 for the fund. Gaz organised a bike ride from the children’s hospital to Skegness, raising more than £5,000.

David Vernon-Edwards, director of the charity, said: “This is a tragic story, but her parents have turned it into something positive, and that is truly amazing.”