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Ethan's £10,000 gift

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 07, 2013

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A nine-year-old boy diagnosed with a form of bone cancer has raised £10,000 so far to help other young people suffering from the disease.

Ethan Maull is currently having chemotherapy for Osteosarcoma on ward E39 at Nottingham Children's Hospital in the Queen's Medical Centre.

He and his mum have stayed at "Billy's House", which provides a place for families to stay while children are receiving prolonged treatment.

Spaces at "Billy's House" are limited and Ethan is aiming to raise enough money to open another house for the patients and families of ward E39 to use.

The Torksey schoolboy is also aiming to buy new televisions and wireless headphones for every patient on the ward.

The last two fundraising events, a 50km cycling challenge from Thorpe on the Hill to Woodhall Spa and back, and a fishing match, raised £4,000 towards the cause.

Ethan's dad, Darren, said: "We would all like to thank everybody who organised, helped, attended and donated as we all had an amazing day from start to finish and raised more than £4,000 – absolutely brilliant." The latest events have taken the overall fundraising total to around £10,000 so far.

Ethan told the Echo: "I want the money we raise to help buy wireless headphones and a TV at the end of every patient's bed. I also want to buy new toys and games for the children to keep entertained while they are in hospital.

"When you're having chemo it's a lot of waiting around and it can be boring.

"You're in for a long time as well so having something to take your mind off it really helps.

"The big goal is to open my very own 'Ethan's House' so I will carry on fundraising until I've got enough money to do it."

The overall winner of the fishing match, at Thorpe on the Hill was Damian Gregory. His final, largest fish weight was 3lb 10oz.

In second place with a 2lb 10oz were twins Oscar and Cassidy South, with big brother Jordan helping out.

Participants had plenty to keep them entertained with a raffle, tombola, two local bands playing, a bouncy castle, face painting and guess the sweets. The adults even went in the stocks for the kids to throw wet sponges at them.

Other events coming up include a sky dive, a casino evening and various coffee mornings. Ethan's mum Sam has organised banners and special wristbands advertising Ethan's Up Yours to Cancer foundation.

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