THE community of Ceres has said a huge ‘thank you’ to one of the charities that helped a local youngster as he faced the biggest battle of his life.
People turned out to Bow Butts in their hundreds on Sunday for a family fun day that helped raise the magnificent sum of £3716.85 for CCLASP - Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents - which came to the aid of 13-year-old Jordan Laing and his mum Norma Hopkins last year when he was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour.
The money includes £634 raised by Norma by abseiling down the Wallace Monument on June 30.
Not only did the Edinburgh-based charity provide accommodation for Norma while Jordan was having treatment at the Sick Kids Hospital, but they also took him to and from the Western General twice a day for four-and-a-half weeks while he underwent radiotherapy.
Thankfully, Jordan’s cancer is now in remission.
Along with some close friends, Norma originally planned the fun day for June - but the weather was so bad it had to be postponed.
It remained dry for Sunday’s event and, as can been seen by our photos, everyone enjoyed a great day out.
Norma said: “We had a super day and we are all thrilled that it went so well.
“A massive amount of money was raised for such a fantastic cause and the green was nothing but a sea of smiles.
“We are so proud to be part of a community who can come together at times like these and we hope the fun day has given all the families some cherished memories.”
She continued: “Jordan himself would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their ongoing support over the last 18 months; he is looking forward to returning to school after the summer break and getting back to normality.
“He was so happy to be part of the fun day this year helping to raise money for a charity that has been so good to him.”