Exmouth community gives generously to Raymond campaign
KIND-hearted fundraisers have helped collect more than �2000 to go towards life-saving cancer treatment for an Exmouth boy.
Raymond O’Sullivan, of Green Close, has been diagnosed with orbital rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumour near his eye for the second time in his life - despite medical chiefs stating it was incredibly rare for the illness to return.
The 11-year-old Exmouth Community College pupil needs a form of radiotherapy in seven weeks time which is only available in America and Holland at a cost of between �15,000 and �18,000.
His family have been told there was a possibility the NHS may not pay. This prompted his mum, Vanessa Evens, to launch a fundraising campaign, which the Journal is supporting.
Just one week into the campaign, the people of Exmouth have already demonstrated their generosity and desire to help.
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The Freemasons, which comprises of Sun Lodge, Rolle Lodge, Per Mare Per Terram Lodge and Sun Chapter Lodge, donated �1000.
The sum has been matched by The Freemasons’ Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Devonshire.
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And, Mrs Evens, 42, joined by her team of fundraisers, collected nearly �1000 after taking donation buckets to a number of pubs in Exmouth last Saturday night, October 2.
Reflecting on the first week of the campaign, she said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed with the support and generosity of people.
“I was in floods of tears quite often when people were digging deep into their pockets to give money.”