Fund-raiser is mum’s way of thanking hospice

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THE mother of a tragic young Saints fan is set to show her gratitude to the hospice where her son lost his battle for life by organising an extra-special fund-raising night in its honour.

Amanda Stewart’s beloved four-year-old son, Ryan, passed away at the Derian House children’s hospice in 2007 after a brave two-and-a-half year struggle with medulloblastoma - an aggressive cancerous brain tumour.

Despite undergoing draining courses of ultimately unsuccessful chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and battling the disease for half of his tragically short life, Ryan, who once fulfilled his dream by walking out at Knowsley Road alongside his idol Sean Long, never complained.

But Amanda insists that the tireless, compassionate work of hospice staff enabled her and her family to spend a precious final three-and-a-half weeks with her son, despite doctors telling them that Ryan had just days to live.

Now, Amanda is joining forces with Nicola Rimmer, whose two-year-old son Lucas also passed away at Derian House in October 2007, to organise a fund-raising Glitz and Glamour night at Wigan’s DW Stadium.

Amanda, 33, said: “There will be a singer performing for us on the night, a three-course meal and raffles and auction prizes. All the money raised will be donated to Derian House.

“We can’t thank all the staff at Derian House enough for making our difficult times as bearable as possible. Every day we had with Ryan was a bonus.”

She added: “We have so many memories of Ryan. He packed a lot into a short life and he was a cheeky little chappie. What stands out above everything else though was how well he coped with it all. He never complained and was always looking to bounce back.”

Tickets for the Glitz and Glamour event, which is set to start at 7.30pm in the DW Stadium’s Marquee Suite on Saturday, May 21, are on sale now.

Priced £35 each, you can book your tickets by calling Amanda on 07874 197266 or Nicola on 07789 968909 or by e-mailing: na-charitynight@hotmail.co.uk