Heart transplant teenager Connor Laws is looking forward to a dream trip Down Under thanks to the generosity of the east Leeds community.
A fundraising day held for keen rugby league player Connor at East Leeds ARLFC in May generated nearly £5,000, it has been confirmed.
Additional donations from the RFL Benevolent Fund and other sources of support mean the total amount raised for the 14-year-old now stands at just under £8,000.
That money will be used to send Connor on a rugby watching holiday to Australia, once he is well enough to make the journey.
The teenager’s dad, Jevan, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The kindness and generosity we have seen from everyone involved has been fantastic.
“The money raised means it’s not a case of if Connor goes to Australia but a case of when he goes.
“He is still having regular check-ups and the doctors are happy with how he is doing – although they say he is eating for England!”
Connor, from Osmondthorpe, has suffered asthma for most of his life but has otherwise always seemed fit and healthy.
That all changed when tests carried out after he was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary with stomach pains and sickness showed he had a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.
He underwent a heart transplant at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital on May 9 and, such was the speed of his recovery, he was allowed home a month later.
Preparations are now in full swing for an official homecoming celebration for the Corpus Christi Catholic College student that will take place at East Leeds ARLFC on Saturday, September 2.
Funds raised on the day will go to the rugby club.