‘Super Sam’ and Isobel cheque in to say thank you

Sam Smith and cousin Isobel with the cheque for �2,747 for Manchester Children's Hospital
Sam Smith and cousin Isobel with the cheque for �2,747 for Manchester Children's Hospital

Cousins Sam and Isobel Smith make a great team in the battle against childhood cancer.

After Sam lost his hair through chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma, Isobel had her own long hair cut off in front of their schoolmates at Gisburn Primary School to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where Sam is being treated.

Isobel’s hair went to a charity that makes wigs for child cancer sufferers.

Now, with all the sponsor money in, six-year-old Isobel and nine-year-old Sam have handed over a cheque for £2,747.

Family and friends have been rallying round Sam, who lives at Rimington with parents Becky and Ian, since he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma earlier this year.

He has been so brave during his repeated treatments that the supporters nicknamed him “Super Sam.”

Some of them attended blood donor sessions together as a “Super Sam” team, and Sam’s sister Libby made fleecy hats to sell at school.

Now the “Super Sam” team have organised another fund-raiser, a coffee afternoon this Saturday at Gisburn Festival Hall from 2 to 3-30pm, with bouncy castle and face-painting for children.

It will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity that has provided a nurse to help look after Sam and support his parents.

Sam’s aunt, Isobel’s mum Harriet, said: “Sam has had a good summer and was at home most of the time instead of being in hospital.

“We hope he’ll be able to go back to school soon for a few hours at a time.

“Isobel’s hair has grown back since she did the stunt, but now she’s saying she wants to do it again.”