Courageous schoolboy’s treat

Nicola Kilner from Help A Child Have A Chance with Dylan Rozee and his mum Gaynor
Nicola Kilner from Help A Child Have A Chance with Dylan Rozee and his mum Gaynor
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A schoolboy living with a serious heart condition is in line for a special treat from the 12 Days of Christmas campaign.

Dylan Rozee, aged seven, from Dronfield, was born with a cardiac defect which gave him only two pumping chambers in his heart, instead of the usual four.

He has since undergone two life-saving operations to help boost the oxygen levels in his blood, and is due to have more surgery early this year.

Dylan is now set to see a host of popular children’s television characters in person when the Cbeebies Live show comes to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena in April.

Charity Help A Child Have A Chance is paying for tickets as well as a family meal for the youngster, his mum Gaynor, dad Colin, brother Nicholas and sister Rebecca.

Gaynor said Dylan, who attends St Andrew’s Primary in Dronfield three days a week, was a ‘constant inspiration’.

“My beautiful, brave boy has been through so much in his short life, as he was born with an underdeveloped heart,” she said. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Dylan. His hospital trips mean time off for my husband, and I am his carer, so money is very tight.”

The family regularly organise fundraising activities for Leeds Hospital’s children’s heart unit, where Dylan has had his operations.

Gaynor said she was ‘very proud’ of her son, adding: “He is my shining star and my reason not to give up.”

The Star has teamed up with Help A Child Have A Chance for the third year running to offer young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal, and now the winners are being revealed.

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n See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.