IT’S the worse news we could want to hear on the eve of a New Year.

The traditional celebrations mix the nostalgia of looking back over the past year with the optimism of what lies ahead in 2013.

The family of cancer sufferer Oliver Field had thought the worst was behind him after tests in the summer showed no trace of the aggressive neuroblastoma cancer he had been battling.

But a routine scan just before Christmas showed it is back – and his battle will be even harder this time.

It may be Oliver will need treatment overseas – and that will be expensive, possibly up to £250,000, and the family say it is unlikely the NHS will meet the cost of this treatment.

It’s an almighty ask but the family has turned to their community – the people of Huddersfield – for help.

Every penny may well count towards saving Oliver’s life and the appeal, which has already been running for many months, now has £41,000 in it.

So perhaps everyone’s New Year’s resolution could be to think up a way to boost Oliver’s appeal.

Failing that, simply donate what you can.