CancerCare campaign: Schoolboy wins big at high sheriff event

A young boy from Hest Bank who made jewellery to raise funds for children dealing with cancer has been awarded at an annual event.

Friday, 7th April 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:54 pm
Dillon Hearne receiving his highly commended award from the High Sheriff.

Dillon Hearne, who lives in Hest Bank, was commended in The High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen Award for all his fundraising for CancerCare.

Dillon,nine, a pupil at Quernmore Primary School, spent several weeks in his mum’s workshop crafting earrings to give children who have cancer a better outlook on life.

He said: “I wanted to raise money to help children who get really unwell, so they don’t have to die.”

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Dillon’s mum Rachel Hearne said: “We are really chuffed that he was put forward for this event.

“I didn’t think any more would come of it. We are really, really excited for him to receive this award . We are really, really proud of him. It’s an extra nice thing for children to receive and we areally happy. “

The schoolboy wanted to give back to CancerCare after the family received devastating news from their friends in America.

In April 2015 his best friend Devan Boyd, who lives in Camarillo, near LA, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a pediatric cancer which affects children’s bones.

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Devan, who was just seven-years-old when she was diagnosed, has been through chemotherapy and is currently learning how to use her prosthetic leg.

She underwent rotationplasty, when a portion of the limb is removed and the remaining is attached and rotated to help growth. With help from his mum he made 50 pairs of earrings and fundraised more than £1,000.