A CANCER stricken mum-of-one was left astounded when her seven-year-old nephew raised nearly £1,000 to help her.
Vicky Pamment, 40, of Scholes, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and is still undergoing chemotherapy for the disease.
Her young nephew, Charlie Wadsworth, is on the school council at Hade Edge Primary and decided that he wanted to raise some money to help her get better.
In a meeting with fellow council members, he asked if they could have a fundraising event for her cause.
Fellow pupil Harry Crook then suggested that they raise money for Macmillan – as Harry’s mum is a support nurse and this would in turn help his aunt.
So the council organised a Rainbow Walk around Holme Styes reservoir.
All 60 pupils of Hade Edge dressed up in bright colours and embarked on the walk, wearing bright green wigs. They raised a total of £845.30 with the support of the school, parents and community.
Vicky also joined pupils and teachers on the charity walk.
She said: “I was so shocked to find out that Charlie had organised this.
“He is such a sensitive boy and he is always asking if I’m doing okay, but he suggested this all on his own and we had no idea. He is so special.”
Vicky’s 10-year-old daughter Lily Pamment also raised money for the cause by making friendship bracelets and selling them on to her friends.
Vicky was treated on Ward 8D at the Calderdale Royal Hospital by ‘amazing staff’.
She said: “They have gone beyond the call of duty and they do their own fundraising too, they make fairy cakes and sell them in the morning.
“They profits they raise goes straight back in to the ward and what they are wanting to do is give some sort of gift for each person that comes on to the ward.
Vicky had her first operation in March and her second in April and is still having chemotherapy.
Although doctors have told her the cancer has been removed, Vicky said it will be several years until she is in remission.
The chemotherapy has made Vicky’s immune system very weak but she added “It’s going to take a lot more than this to keep me down, there are still bills to pay and I just have to keep going.”
Headmaster at Hade Edge, Geoff Kilner praised the efforts of the school council and the rest of the pupils for getting involved.
He deemed the day a ‘real success’.
He added: “I was so pleased that Auntie Vicky could be with us on the day.”