Chatsworth Lodge Care Home fundraise to support Zak, a young boy diagnosed with cancer

27 May 2021 News

Dedicated residents at Chatsworth Lodge Care Home in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, have taken it upon themselves to complete a 10-day challenge to raise money for Zak, an eight-year-old boy who suffers from a type of blood cancer.

As part of Chatsworth Lodges’ 10-day challenge, residents hosted a sponsored balloon tap in aid of the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund which ensures that children who are diagnosed with cancer, and their families, have all the support they could possibly need during this distressing time. Residents proudly achieved 1348 balloon taps and raised a grand total of £111 for the charity.

Zak was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that develops when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control. Lymphocytes are an important part of the immune system, and although it is rare in children, more than 160 children develop lymphomas of all types in the UK each year.

The Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund aim to make a positive difference to the lives of these children diagnosed with cancer. The caring team do this by offering practical, financial and emotional support to the whole family through a range of projects and they always give 100% to ensure the families have the support they need to get through the problems and stresses that cancer can bring. This charitable organisation makes a huge difference to as many children as they possibly can with the utmost sensitivity, understanding, openness and friendliness.

Nicholas Giles, resident at Chatsworth Lodge, reflected “I really enjoyed fundraising for this amazing charity and worthy cause. I was the highest scorer at the home with 303 balloon taps and did this with a smile on my face.” 

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