A young cancer sufferer from Leeds had a surprise soaraway day to remember as he met some of his favourite superheroes.
As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, four-year-old Toby Nye is battling stage four neuroblastoma.
Despite his illness, his family and friends say he is a “little ray of sunshine” – and yesterday his smile was wider than ever as he enjoyed a very special play afternoon at his family’s home on Rookwood Avenue, Osmondthorpe.
Characters such as Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, War Machine, Harley Quinn, Transformers robot Bumblebee and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all in attendance at the celebration.
Toby’s mum, Stacey Worsley, told the YEP: “It was absolutely amazing, we can’t thank everyone involved enough.
“Toby had no idea what was going to happen, we just said to him that he had to go outside because he was getting a surprise visitor.
“His face was a picture when they all came walking down the street, especially after he saw Bumblebee because that’s his favourite.
“It has really lifted everybody’s spirits, I don’t think we’ve all been this happy for a long time.”
Yesterday’s treat was arranged by not-for-profit organisation CPM Entertainers with Stacey’s friend Claire Phillips, who herself battled cancer as a youngster.
Claire, from Moortown, said: “I was very lucky and some really amazing people helped me be here today.
“Some of those people went out of their way to make me smile and that really helped.
“I know how important it is when you are suffering the pain of treatment to have happy memories and experiences that you can draw on to give you strength, so I was determined to do what I could to help Toby and his family, and to give them lasting happy memories for those dark times.
“Toby is such a happy and bright little boy, he is like a ray of sunshine to everyone he meets in spite of all the suffering and treatment he is going through, plus he gives amazing hugs.”
Toby, who has a six-year-old brother called Ollie and an 11-month-old sister called Sienna, was diagnosed with cancer on January 6, his fourth birthday.
He has undergone chemotherapy as part of an NHS trial but it did not work as expected and his family is therefore trying to raise £200,000 to cover the cost of a course of antibody therapy.
Nearly £25,000 has been raised to date thanks to events including a community day earlier this month at the White Horse pub on York Road.
To support the fundraising in aid of Toby, visit the www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sheriden-worsley web page.