Kendal’s plight inspires Leeds snooker marathon

Students during a charity snooker marathon
Students during a charity snooker marathon
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STUDENTS cued up for a marathon of snooker as they raised cash for a Leeds youngster fighting an aggressive cancer.

The nine sports students from Leeds City College played snooker for 24 hours to support Kendal Middleton Jessop.

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

A fundraising campaign to collect £500,000 is underway in case she needs treatment abroad.

The students came up with the idea of helping Kendal after organising the sports event as part of their course and took to the baize at the Northern Snooker Centre on Kirkstall Road, Leeds.

Keane Holland, one of the team, said the little girl visited and the participants were touched by her situation.

Four-year-old Kendal was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012.

She had treatment and surgery but is now having chemotherapy in Leeds. She may need to go abroad if all UK options are exhausted.

A campaign has been launched to support a petition calling for better treatment in the UK.

Supporters are being asked to upload a ‘selfie’ of themselves blowing a kiss and with #kendalskiss, as well as sign the online petition.

Joanne Scott, who is backing the drive, said: “We want to promote awareness of the lack of treatment available to neuroblastoma sufferers and take make changes to Government and NHS policies, whilst also raising awareness of Kendal’s appeal on a larger scale at the same time.”

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