Clitheroe girl Katie’s cancer triumph raises thousands

Ruby Heaton, Katie Robbins, Morgann Garner-Jefferies and a representative from Clic Sergent. (s)

Ruby Heaton, Katie Robbins, Morgann Garner-Jefferies and a representative from Clic Sergent. (s)

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Almost £2,500 was raised at a beach party that was held to celebrate a young Clitheroe girl’s triumph over cancer.

Katie Robbins was just six years old when her family was told the devastating news she had cancer.

Her mum, Carol, explained: “After a biopsy and an operation to have a Hickman line put in, we discovered she had stage four wilms tumour, which is cancer of the kidney that had also spread to her lung.

“The tumour was so large it destroyed the right kidney and it had to be removed along with the tumour once she had had six weeks of chemotherapy.

“Luckily the treatment worked – the tumours in her lungs disappeared and the kidney was safely removed. She then went on to have more chemo once a week for the next nine months to prevent the cancer returning.”

This was a very difficult time for Katie and her family and in celebration of Katie being cancer free for five years they decided to raise money for one of the charities that helped them through this difficult time.

“Clic Sargent are amazing at helping and supporting families during this awful time.

“They offer financial help and advice regarding benefits and travel expenses, and help with holidays and family times.

“Not all children are as lucky as Katie and they are a huge support to families who lose children to this awful disease.”

In celebration of Katie’s triumph over cancer and to give something back to Clic Sargent, the Robbins family held a charity beach party at the Royal British Legion Club in Clitheroe back June.

A huge success, raising a total of £2,414-16 for Clic Sargent, the family would like to thank everyone involved including those who gave generous donations to the raffle.

Ruby Heaton, Katie Robbins, Morgan Garner-Jefferies and a representative from Clic Sargent. (s)