Friends rally round to give Leeds tot a smile

Bradley at the family fun day with mum Patsy Ford and dad Lee Tomsett.
Bradley at the family fun day with mum Patsy Ford and dad Lee Tomsett.
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Kind-hearted family and friends have rallied round to help make a poorly toddler’s dreams come true.

Just a few weeks ago, two-year-old Bradley Tomsett’s family was left heartbroken by the news that the happy toddler from Leeds had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

Now, as Bradley recovers from vital surgery in hospital, his family and friends have launched a fundraising bid to help take Bradley to see his favourite kids’ character, Thomas the Tank Engine.

Bradley’s brave mum Patricia Ford told the YEP of the horrifying moment doctors broke the news of her boy’s condition to her.

Patricia, 37, who lives in Roundhay, said she felt like her “heart was being ripped out” when medics told her about the shock diagnosis.

She said: “It wasn’t long ago I was saying to a friend that I’ve been so lucky – I’ve got four young children and not one of them has ever stayed in hospital.

“When we first found out about Bradley, I felt like my heart was being ripped out.”

Bradley underwent major surgery in the Leeds General Infirmary and had more than 200 stitches in his head.

He is also undergoing treatment which will allow him to start a gruelling course of chemotherapy.

The youngster is expected to spend the next year being treated and his family and friends are keen to give him as much to look forward to as possible.

On Saturday they organised a family fun day at the Denis Healey Centre in Seacroft, which included games and bouncy castles, all to raise money to take Bradley to the Thomas Land theme park and buy him some toys.

Thomas Land is based at Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire and includes 12 ‘Thomas’ themed rides, with a special Christmas extravaganza opening on November 26.

Patricia said: “There’s a toy tractor I’d love to get him and take onto the ward and see his face light up. It’s been really difficult, but this event makes me feel there’s a lot of good people around to help.”

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