A brave little boy fighting a rare type of cancer has moved a step closer to a potentially life-saving treatment thanks to two Burnley personalities.
Four-year-old East Lancashire youngster Sam Shaw is battling neuroblastoma – a little known and aggressive childhood cancer.
The youngster was diagnosed with the terrible disease in January and it has already spread from the tumour to his bones and bone marrow.
But Burnley TV personality Sally Jacks stepped in to help the family who are trying to raise £250,000 to give Sam a chance at life with specialist immunotherapy treatment in America.
Sally, who appeared on Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me, auctioned herself off on eBay to raise money for the Sam Shaw Appeal.
The former Bucks Fizz singer planned to cook the meal she created on the popular cookery show for the highest bidder. She was eventually “bought” for £750 by Nelson businessman Julian Smith who runs Discount Carpet Tiles on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate.
She said: “It was the first time I have met Sam in person. He is such a lovely little boy. It breaks my heart to see such an energetic and handsome little chap like that.
“It is so important to raise money for him to get this vital treatment.”
Burnley’s banking hero David Fishwick was so moved by Sam’s story that he also donated £1,000 to the appeal.
The “Bank of Dave” star said: “When I met little Sam I was deeply touched. It is just absolutely destroying to hear what is happenings to him.
“That little boy is having a really tough time but he is hanging in there. He is just super brave. It is incredible.
“We need to raise as much awareness as possible.”
A day out on the set of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks was donated by former star Ben Hull, a magazine deal for £1,000 and Bid TV gave a widescreen TV to be auctioned off and Sally hopes to have raised close to £4,000 for the youngster.
The family still desperately need funds to pay for Sam’s treatment. You can find out more about the appeal and donate funds at www.justgiving.com/samshawappeal.