Boy, 4, raises money for Sheffield Children's Hospital to mark friend's first cancer-free Christmas
A four-year-old Sheffield boy is fundraising for one of the city’s hospitals to mark his best friend’s first cancer-free Christmas.
Dexter Kidd, from Greystones has raised over £150 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s new cancer and leukemia ward since he started selling iced charity Christmas biscuits on Tuesday, December 8.
The young boy was inspired to fundraise for the hospital to help children who are unwell, after his best friend Isaac spent the majority of his life at Sheffield Children’s being treated for leukemia.
After two bone marrow transplants, four-year-old Isaac is now in remission and will spend his first Christmas at home with his family this year.
Dexter has made hundreds of biscuits so far with the help of his mum, Jennifer and his two-year-old sister, Sophie to help others who will be stuck in hospital on December 25.
He was inspired to start the fundraiser after seeing a picture of Isaac with his first ever Christmas tree.
"Dexter asked if he was better now and I said Issac doesn't have his leukemia now”, Jennifer said.
"So we were talking about that and how he is going to have Christmas at home for the first time and he said, are other children poorly and will other children be in hospital and I said yes and so he asked us to give them some money.”
The two friends have not seen each other in person since March due to lockdown and Isaac’s increased risk of catching Covid-19 as a vulnerable person.
Jennifer, 37, who works as a teacher, explained how Isaac’s mum reacted when she found out about the fundraiser.
"The funny thing is Nicola gave me £5 straightaway and said use that to buy the ingredients – straight away she was asking how she could help.
"It's quite a nice thing because everything is so miserable at the moment.
"I was really touched that my little boy could think of something this nice when usually all they are bothered about at Christmas is getting presents from Santa and he was actually thinking about somebody else.”
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