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Christmas treats for brave little Widnes boy Ben
EXCITED children held a special celebration for courageous six-year-old cancer victim Ben Allen, after thieves stole his charity bike.
Each of the 258 primary and nursery pupils at Cronton CE Primary School came in their Christmas clothes and cheered as Ben joined them for an assembly.
Ben, who has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and is undergoing chemotherapy, is currently in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with a central line infection.
His mum, Mel, from Hough Green, said:”His school raised just over £500 which is a fantastic achievement.
“I am astounded by everyone’s generosity.
“Ben said he felt very special and loved the fact that they called it ‘Ben’s Day.”
His head teacher Sylvia Thomson said: "Ben is an absolutely delightful little boy. We all wanted to do something special after his bike was stolen.
"We had a great day. All the children came in their Christmas jumpers and santa hats.
"We are all thinking of Ben and wish him well."
Ben had another surprise treat before he fell ill.
He was invited to feed reindeer with his eight-year-old sister, Chloe, at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
They played in a snow globe and met Santa in his grotto.
The charity’s Helen Crowther said: “Ben’s family has been through some difficult times and it was an honour for us to be able to kick start Christmas for them.”
Patrons former Coronation Street star Lee Boardman and his wife, Jennifer James joined the celebration.
A charity called Cyclists Fighting Cancer bought Ben a mountain bike to help him regain the strength in his legs, damaged by the cancer drugs.
Runcorn cancer survivor Richard Wilding, aged 41, from Sandymoor has offered to donate Ben a replacement bike.
Ben’s mum, Mel said: “We should be collecting his new bike before Christmas. It just depends on him getting better and getting out of hospital.”
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