Singers raise cash for cancer child

Paul Whittaker, Emma Owens and Mark Liddell discussing ideas for an up-coming fundraiser''w113306b

Paul Whittaker, Emma Owens and Mark Liddell discussing ideas for an up-coming fundraiser''w113306b

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A GOATHLAND mum is helping to raise funds to allow a five-year-old cancer sufferer to receive life-saving treatment.

Emma Owens has produced a song entitled Apart from You which she will perform for the first time at a fund-raising event tomorrow.

The event is being held to help raise the £300,000 which will help cancer patient Charlie Hook receive the treatment he needs.

Miss Owens said: “My mum, Jansje, is good friends with Charlie’s grandma and she suggested I get involved.

“I wrote that song when my own son, Kya, was younger and when you hear about that little boy you feel their pain more if you have got your own kids, so I thought it would be great to do something to help.”

Charlie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma on his fifth birthday and although he has responded well to treatment, he stands an 80% chance of relapsing.

“I am literally watching my once lively, happy, cheeky and outgoing baby go through hell and back in the hope that he gets better,” said Charlie’s mum, 32-year-old Nicola Hook, “This is a living nightmare.

“The UK has no relapse protocol but I refuse to be told that there is nothing more that can be done.

“It’s my job as his mummy to go to the ends of the Earth and back to save him.

“Unfortunately this comes at a price, a six figure price for life-saving treatment in America.”

The event is being hosted by charity Families Against Neuroblastoma and will take place at the Goodfellowship in Hull on Saturday. It will feature a charity auction, raffle and live entertainment, including Miss Owens’ performance of Apart from You.

Doors open at 7pm, with a suggested donation of £5 on the door.

A digital copy of Apart from You is available to download at www.amazingtunes.com, with the entire 79p cost being donated to Charlie’s cause.

Alternatively, to make a donation online visit www.bmycharity.com/charliehookappeal.