Natasha Penney has raised over £5,500 for CLIC Sargent with a family fun day and auction evening. Natasha and Luke set up a Support Me Fund for their superhero son Sebastian, who is currently being supported by CLIC Sargent.
Natasha said: “Sebastian was diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer at the age of 18 months. We instantly broke down and would have crumbled if it wasn't for the support CLIC Sargent has given us.
"The charity has been amazing. They have offered us someone to talk to throughout, provided funding for car parks and travel, and houses to stay in so we can be together whilst Sebastian has treatment.
"Without CLIC Sargent our lives would have been a lot harder these last few months. It is so tough to deal with everyday life and look after Sebastian to meet his daily needs.
"CLIC Sargent took away some of that stress by arranging visits, filling in forms, finding grants and organising psychologists. All things we would not know where to start with. Without this I don't know how I would have coped.”
Natasha raised over £10,000 through the events in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, which she managed to organise whilst Sebastian was still receiving treatment. The funds have been divided between CLIC Sargent and the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Now at 24 months, Sebastian is doing well and has returned to nursery. He’ll continue to have check ups every three months but in the meantime he loves his dinosaurs and cuddles from Mum and Dad.
A whole family of superheroes
Proving themselves to be a whole family of superheroes, Natasha and Luke plan to hold another auction later this year and to run the Brighton Marathon for CLIC Sargent in 2017.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Helen Farquharson said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed that Natasha and Luke have made this wonderful contribution during such a difficult time.
"It’s fantastic to see Sebastian looking so well and happy now. The Superhero Son Support Me Fund will help CLIC Sargent provide vital help for children like him."
If you would like to donate to Sebastian's fund please visit the family's official JustGiving page.