Holly’s kindly sister act for brother Ben

Ben's bake sale
Ben's bake sale

A BALFRON High School pupil has raised £1,608 to help children and teenagers with cancer.

Holly Fraser (17), a prefect at her school, decided to do something to help after her 14-year-old brother, Ben, was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year and she experienced at first hand the trauma that cancer can cause.

Holly, one of eight children, has seen for herself the wonderful work that is being done by staff at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital cancer unit - the Schiehallion ward - where Ben is currently being treated.

He is currently undergoing a gruelling three year treatment plan which includes chemotherapy and he is going to need a bone marrow donation from one of his siblings.

Friends helped Holly organise the hugely successful non-uniform day and bake sale which was held on the last day of term before the October break.

A colossal amount of cakes, all co-ordinating with blue icing and decorations (the colour for Teenage Cancer Trust) attracted the usually healthy eating pupils who flooded the atrium at break, raising £530 for the Teenage Cancer Trust Ward at Yorkhill.

A further £1,078, from pupils and staff who wore non-uniform, is going to be donated to the Schiehallion ward for a heart monitor and other equipment that will save many children’s lives.

Ben’s mum, Lucy Fraser, said: “We are incredibly humbled by the support shown and thank everybody who has contributed in every single way.

“They are both such great causes, until Ben got ill I hadn’t heard of the Teenage Cancer Trust - it provides an excellent enviroment for teenagers with cancer and they rely entirely on charity donations.

“While Ben was being treated at the Scheihallion ward we realised that they had a shortage of equipment as they had to borrow things from other patient’s rooms so we offered to raise money to help them buy what they needed.

“It’s been good for our family to be able to focus on doing something positive for young people with cancer as Ben’s diagnosis and treatment has been a real eye opener for us all.

“We are delighted to be able to help others who are also going through a rough time.”