Legoland treat for brave Elijah, aged nine

SPECIAL TREAT: Elijah Miller, who is off to Legoland after completing six weeks of gruelling chemotherapy.
SPECIAL TREAT: Elijah Miller, who is off to Legoland after completing six weeks of gruelling chemotherapy.

ARRIVING at Legoland aboard a stretch limo would be a dream for any nine-year-old – but it will be extra special for Elijah Miller, because it will mean he has completed six weeks of gruelling chemotherapy.

It was discovered only after he became dizzy and fell downstairs in May this year.

But even after the chemotherapy the plucky schoolboy will never be free of the tumour.

As soon as the problem was diagnosed family and friends rallied round in support.

Friend and support worker Joanne Ward and Amanda Hudson, Elijah’s teacher at Swinton’s Fitzwilliam Primary, started raising funds for the trip to Legoland in Windsor.

The first event was a party at the Victoria Club in Swinton, when more than £1,000 was raised through a raffle, tombola, face painting, children’s entertainment and games, with all prizes donated by local businesses.

Joanne, already raising money for the NSPCC, decided to split the money with Elijah, and did a skydive at Langar Airfield near Nottingham. “Elijah is a very good friend of my own children and I just wanted to do something special,” said Joanne, 38. The skydive raised £800, including £400 from Polypipe.

Amanda set up an event at the Majestic Suite with the help of manager Ben Lawrence. He said: “When we heard about Elijah, we were only too happy to offer help. We donated the venue and organised live entertainment.

“Items were donated such as signed boxing gloves and a plasma TV set were auctioned.” Money raised from that event is still being counted. On behalf of Elijah dad John said his brothers Jack, 17, and Eden, 11, and mum Dawn, couldn’t thank people enough for how they’ve helped. “We are all really grateful for their efforts and donations,” he said.

To help Elijah and his family you can contact Joanne via email j.ward007@btinternet.com or by phone on 07803 168560.