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The Hoff backs appeal for Leeds cancer tot after dad’s plea

The Hoff meets Stuart Middleton.

The Hoff meets Stuart Middleton.

A HOLLYWOOD superstar has given his support to fundraising for Leeds cancer tot Kendal Middleton Jessop.

David Hasselhoff gave his backing via Twitter after Kendal’s dad Stuart saw the star doing promotional work on a London street.

He later urged his 512,000 followers to donate to the appeal for the youngster, who is fighting an aggressive form of cancer.

The Hoff’s support came as the Kendal’s Appeal campaign revealed their total had topped £250,000 – half of the amount needed if the four-year-old requires treatment abroad.

“We are over the moon,” Stuart said.

Her dad said they were delighted with the total and the star-studded support, especially during a difficult time for the youngster and her family.

Kendal had been undergoing chemotherapy after her illness returned, but the treatment has had to be stopped for a few weeks as the platelets in her blood are not high enough.

She was on a visit to London with her family last weekend when she became poorly and her worried parents took her to hospital.

There, doctors diagnosed dehydration and said the outcome could have been very serious.

“They said if we had not taken her to hospital when we did, she could’ve died on the way to Leeds,” Stuart said.

After delays at the London hospital in providing the tot with an ambulance transfer, she arrived back in Leeds on Monday and is currently making a good recovery at the LGI.

Her family said they had been given a boost by the support from The Hoff, who Stuart bumped into when he left the hospital briefly to sort out car parking.

“I told him about Kendal and asked him to please just tweet her,” Stuart said.

“He has so many followers and if we could get even a handful of people to donate, it could make a big difference.”

Mr Hasselhoff, who was in London as he took part in the Gumball 3000 race, said he would try and help.

And later that day, the star tweeted: “So God asked me to ask u to help Kendal beat cancer! Thanks she’s only four! U can help! XxD”, and included a photo of himself wearing a Families Against Neuroblastoma wristband, the charity which is collecting the funds for Kendal on behalf of her family.

The fundraising total now stands at around £270,000.

“I just feel relieved now because we feel that if we needed to go abroad, we can go,” Kendal’s dad added.

* Kendal, from Swarcliffe, Leeds, is being treated for neuroblastoma which has returned after a first phase of treatment.

She was diagnosed with the aggressive cancer in 2012 and eventually may need treatment abroad, possibly in Germany or the US, if no more help is available in the UK.

Visit www.justgiving.com/KendalMiddletonJessopAppeal to donate.

 

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