Little Ronnie Kemp Duke had a day to remember after being let loose in a local toy shop.
Four-year-old Ronnie from Bridlington is undergoing lengthy intensive treatment for Neuroblastoma, and has been spending most of his time in hospital at Leeds General Infirmary.
To help Ronnie through his gruelling treatment, the Bringing Back a Smile charity paid for a shopping spree at Toymaster in Bridlington.
Ronnie’s dad Vaughne was overwhelmed with the generosity of the charity, and also thanked intrepid East Riding College students who took part in a sponsored sea dip and raised over £700 for the Together for Ronnie Appeal.
Vaughne said: “The last three week course of radiotherapy was delayed a week, but we are now back on course with his long-term treatment programme.”
A dream came true for Ronnie Kemp-Duke as he spent time selecting his favourite toys and gifts after the Bringing Back a Smile charity heard of his bravery during his treatment for cancer.
Kevin from the charity said: “What a day we had in Bridlington. Myself and Ryan Linley called in at Sports Direct with Ronnie and his dad who gave us 15% discount, plus a £20 voucher. Then we made our way to see Chris from Toymaster where Ronnie was allowed to pick loads of goodies and also was give a £50 voucher.”
“I would like to thanks both stores for their generosity and best wishes to Ronnie with your treatment.” added Kevin.
Brave students from East Riding College braved the freezing waters of the North Sea to help raise funds for Ronnie. Student Jessica Ackroyd, who is studying a foundation degree in Public Services, helped to organise the event with Abbie Hayes, Stevie Brooks, Louise O’Neil and Jen Middleton. Another group of Level 3 Public Services students also joined in the chilly dip.
Jess said; “Over £700 has been raised so far and we would like to thanks our sponsors and Richie’s cafe who provided us with hot drinks and sandwiches.”
Ronnie and his dad Vaughne attended the event to cheer on the brave swimmers and was delighted with their dedication.
“It was great to see these fantastic students taking to the water. I would like to sincerely thank them for their charity work and wish them well in the future.”
If you would like to organise a fundraising event or donate to the Together for Ronnie Appeal please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your details. All monies raised will be used to help Ronnie and his family with travel costs and expenses incurred during treatment at Leeds.