Thank you for Sheffield’s brave Reece’s dream holiday

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NOBODY deserved a dream holiday more than brave Sheffield schoolboy Reece Winterbottom.

And the eight-year-old – who was diagnosed with a brain tumour after his mum died of cancer – is pictured here enjoying the family trip to Disneyland in Florida.

Reece got to meet his favourite children’s characters with brothers Charlie, five, and Louis, 10, thanks to the kind efforts of city fundraisers who collected more than £7,500.

He returned home for his latest scan, which brought more good news as it showed the tumour wrapped around his pituitary gland has not re-grown after surgery to remove it.

Dad David, of Sothall, thanked fundraisers.

He said: “We all had a really good time, it was brilliant, just an unbelievable experience.

“Reece has always wanted to go to Disneyland, and he got to meet Mickey Mouse and everything.

“Things are looking very good at the moment.”

Reece’s mum Kirsty courageously fought her own five-year battle with skin cancer. She died in August 2011, aged just 30.

And only months later Reece, a pupil at Beighton Nursery Infant School, was found to have the tumour and underwent a major operation to remove it at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

He will have to take hormone replacement drugs for the rest of his life.

The money for the holiday – which began on Reece’s eighth birthday – was raised through Mosborough Charity Music Festival.

Organiser Steve Cowens decided to help after reading the youngster’s story in The Star.

Cash paid for flights, transport, spending money and a villa while Thomas Cook at Crystal Peaks covered park tickets and a car through the firm’s charity.

Steve said: “I’d like to thank all who helped with raising money for little Reece, there are too many to mention but special thanks goes to Thomas Cook.

“It’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve done - when I saw the family off at Manchester I had tears in my eyes.”