A team of supporters from Kirkham have raised over £4,500 after seven-year-old Coby was quickly airlifted to hospital and diagnosed with severe Leukaemia, which left him fighting for his life.
Coby was taken ill at school in April and, when it became clear that his condition was extremely serious, we quickly airlifted him to Manchester Children’s Hospital. Upon arrival, Coby suffered a massive heart attack, which stopped his heart for several minutes. Hospital staff spent two hours resuscitating him and were thankfully able to bring him back to life.
Coby was diagnosed with an acute form of Leukaemia that had manifested itself into a huge mass around his chest and neck, and he spent the next six weeks in an induced coma with his parents at his bedside. He is still bravely fighting his illness with chemotherapy and steroid treatment and Doctors hope that he will be able to recover very soon.
Coby’s godmother, Diane, immediately took action and rallied a team to help raise vital funds for us, Ronald McDonald House and Manchester Children’s Hospital, who all helped Coby and his parents in their time of need. Diane started a crowdfunding page before organising a raft of fundraising activities, including a cake sale and a family fun day in Kirkham, alongside an auction and several raffles. Local bands and musicians donated their time to perform on the day and Diane’s company, United Utilities, also donated a huge £2,000 to the cause. The overall amount raised was just over £14,000, with each charity receiving a third of the total.
Diane said: “Coby is such an inspirational little boy and we’re incredibly proud of the way he has fought this illness. If it wasn’t for the North West Air Ambulance Charity, Coby may not have made it to the hospital in time for medical staff to save his life, and for that we’re forever grateful. We wanted to raise money to give back to everyone who helped our boy during that terrible time, and to ensure that this vital service will continue to provide support for families in the future.”
We want to say a huge thank you to Diane and her amazing team. We wouldn’t be here without your support and incredible donations!
If you have been inspired by #TeamCoby’s story find out more about how to fundraise here.