Charity success for Penarth mum of teen cancer survivor
THE mother of Penarth schoolgirl in remission from cancer who organised a charity ball and auction in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) has raised closed to £8,000.
Hayley Stroud's mum, Sarah, organised the event at the Masonic Hall in October to say thankyou for the "phenomenal care" her daughter received.
She raised £6,661 on the night, and received a generous gift aid of £1,300, all of which will go to the trust based at the University Hospital of Wales.
Meanwhile Hayley's dad, Matt, organised a cycle around Wales which raised a further £5,000.
It brings the total raised by her parents to an impressive £12,961.
Hayle found out she had a rare form of bone cancer on September 28, 2011.
Preparing to move to Australia, the family each had to undergo medicals to secure their visas, and it was at Hayley's check that the tumour was found in her left rib.
They were already dealing with the diagnosis two months earlier of Hayley's 19-year-old cousin with a brain tumour - and sadly he died on August 6 this year.
But Hayley, aged just 13 at the time of her diagnosis, has since been told she is in remission, and the Stanwell School student returned to start her GCSE studies in Year 10 in September.
Around 50 prizes were donated to Sarah by local businesses and individuals to be auctioned off at the fundraiser, including a pair of Shane Williams' signed World Cup rugby boots - donated after originally being bought for more than £1,000 in another auction - plus two of his shirts from club and country.
There was also a signed Harry Potter movie script, and golf days from clubs across south Wales.
Sarah said it had been a "great response".
"The Penarth community and many businesses donated some fantastic prizes for the raffle and auction," she said.
"Big thanks to Nicky Piper for being our auctioneer for the evening, and also to Canton Male Voice Choir for donating their time and greeting the guests with some wonderful singing.
"Also, Gail and her team at the Masonic Hall for a great evening - nothing was too much trouble for Gail and she helped make the evening a great success.
"I also had a great fundraising team behind me Emma Rainbird, Kath Petersen, Sarah Candy Hannah Poulton, Liz Clarke and the evening wouldn't have been such a success without their efforts to secure some great prizes.
"Hayley looked amazing and it sent a very positive message that you can be diagnosed with a rare cancer but with the right treatment provided by the TCT and always remaining positive you can overcome anything and looking at Hayley that night proved that.
"Plans are already underway for next year's event!"
Hayley handed over the cheque to the trust - under the banner of the 'Spike Foundation', so named after Hayley's hair fell out as a result of her treatment and grew back Spikey, providing a nickame that has stuck - at a recent check-up.
"Needless to say they were over the moon," her mum added.