Trio to walk from Leamington to Nottingham to deliver presents to young cancer patient who needs funds for treatment in USA

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When three friends set off from Leamington on a long walk to Nottingham this month they will be taking presents with them for a brave little boy who is fighting against a rare form of cancer.

James Cleverley and Justin Butler of Lighthorne Heath and Holly Payne of Napton will take on the three-day walk from June 23 to 25 to see 19 month old Dawson Willcock at Nottingham General Hospital.

James Cleverley, Holly Payne and Justin Butler are walking from Leamington to Nottingham to deliver presents to Dawson Willlcock and to raise money for potentially life-saving treatment to cure the rare form of cancer he was diagnosed with in January.

James Cleverley, Holly Payne and Justin Butler are walking from Leamington to Nottingham to deliver presents to Dawson Willlcock and to raise money for potentially life-saving treatment to cure the rare form of cancer he was diagnosed with in January.

They are hoping to raise at least £5,000.

Dawson, of Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire, has Heptoblastoma and a fundraising campaign has been launched in order for him to go to America where potentially life saving treatment is available.

James said: “Dawson is in desperate need of help.

“We want to do whatever we can for him and us visiting him in the hospital at the end of the walk will hopefully put a smile on his face.

“We’re really looking forward to meeting him.”

James found out about the campaign to help Dawson when he supported a fundraising event which was both for the youngster and his three-year-old niece Elise Bettison who has recently undergone heart surgery and also lives near Dawson.

James will also be getting his head shaved at a fundraising day at Bilsthorpe Sports Ground on July 2.

Dawson was diagnosed with heptoblastoma on January 17 and his parents dubbed him “The One in a Million Boy” due to the cancer being so rare.

Parents Wendy and David have launched “A Dollar for Dawson” appeal, hoping to raise £500,000 to fly Dawson to Cincinnati in the USA for treatment from top paediatric hematologist-oncologist Dr James Gellar.

He has already undergone chemotherapy which has not worked so the treatment abroad is his last chance of survival.

Should Wendy and David be given the news that their baby boy can not be saved, any of the money being raised will go to good causes and to help families who face a similar situation to theirs.

Businesses in and around Leamington and Warwick have supported James and his friends by donating prizes for a raffle they are also holding to boost their fundraising efforts.

These include Millennium Balti, Ask, Nandos, Lighthorne Heath Garage, Hatton Country World and the Lighthorne Pavilion Cafe.

To make a donation or to find out more about the fundraising campaign click here.