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Family back drive for brave Parker

Seven-year-old Parker Hawe and his family have benefitted from the work of CLIC Sargent.

Seven-year-old Parker Hawe and his family have benefitted from the work of CLIC Sargent.

A mum of a brave seven-year-old boy who has spent the last three years fighting leukaemia has vowed to support a vital charity.

Parker Hawe was just four-years-old when he was diagnosed with lymphoblastic Leukaemia in April 2011.

The condition left him fighting for his life.

Following frequent trips to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, 12 months ago his family were relievedwhen doctors told them Parker was “95 per cent cured”.

Although Parker will still be treated for leukaemia until June, his family are backing ITV’s annual fund-raising appeal, Text Santa, to raise awareness of the work of CLIC Sargent.

Parker’s mum, Tracey Norton, 39, of Beech Avenue, Poulton, said: “Parker was so good throughout his treatment and never complained.

“That made us all feel better.”

Money raised through the Text Santa appeal will be used to benefit the charity, which organises respite holidays for families, and travel costs to and from hospital.

Mrs Norton said: “When Parker was first diagnosed they introduced themselves and gave me a lot of information on his illness and a diary to keep track of his appointments.

“Both myself and Parker’s dad couldn’t work because of Parker’s illness but our back garden wasn’t finished and the kids had nowhere to play, so they paid for the work to be done.

“This has benefited us and I wanted people to know about it so they can get help.”

Parker, now seven, is one of triplets and Tracey says he is looking forward to spending Christmas with his brothers Reiss and Harrison, and their older brother Josef, 15.

“It hasn’t come back and touch wood it won’t,” added Miss Norton.

“He is doing really well and we are all waiting for next June when it’s all finished and we can have a big party.”

Appeal raised more than £5m last year

Text Santa was set up by ITV in 2011 to support charities throughout the Christmas period.

This year’s Telethon – the showpiece event – was last night, hosted by Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

The six charities benefiting this year are CLIC Sargent, British Heart Foundation, Age UK, Barnardo’s, Beat Bullying and Help the Hospices Last year, the appeal raised £5.2m.

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