Brave tot Kendal’s £300,000 fund could help others in Leeds in future

Swarcliffe youngster Kendal Middleton Jessop, 4, who was declared cancer-free after a battle with neuroblastoma. Picture by James Hardisty.
Swarcliffe youngster Kendal Middleton Jessop, 4, who was declared cancer-free after a battle with neuroblastoma. Picture by James Hardisty.
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Around £300,000 raised to help Leeds tot Kendal Middleton Jessop is being transferred to a charity in her home city.

The funds raised for the Swarcliffe four-year-old, who has been battling rare cancer neuroblastoma for more than two years, had been held by Families Against Neuroblastoma which has been shut down amid a Charity Commission investigation.

After her parents found that the funds were safe in November, they have teamed up with Cash for Kids, a charity run by 96.3 Radio Aire supporting underprivileged local children, which has agreed to manage the fund.

The £300,000 was generated through a campaign to pay for care abroad if Kendal required treatment unavailable in the UK.

She was told she was cancer-free in October but her family has been told that there is an 80 per cent chance that the cancer will return in the next two years.

Her dad Stuart Middleton told the YEP: “The people of Leeds have fundraised for Kendal so it seemed like the best place for it to go.

“We wake up every morning and are just thankful she’s there.”

Cash for Kids, which granted Kendal her Christmas wish of a Fireman Sam-themed party for her supporters last year, will ringfence the appeal’s funds for five years in case she relapses and needs a £500,000 operation abroad.

For the time being, fundraising has stopped and if Kendal remains cancer-free, the money will be donated to the Cash for Kids charity.

Lisa Sullivan, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “Potentially in the longer term this can help children of Leeds with the fantastic funds that have been raised for Kendal but in the short term we are happy to help and support for as long as we can.”

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