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£5,000 raised for good causes at funeral service of Joel Malyon, seven
THE farewell service for York youngster Joel Malyon raised more than £5,000 for two good causes - and now his mother is planning a major fundraising event next year.
Hundreds of friends, relatives and team mates from the Leeds children’s transplant games team went to York Crematorium last month to say goodbye to the seven-year-old, who lost a long battle for health after undergoing a kidney transplant from his mother when he was three.
His mother Polly said about £2,600 was collected at the end of the service, and this was being matched pound for pound by Riccall Carers, which was owned by Joel’s uncle and aunt- making a total of about £5,200.
“I would like to thank everybody who turned up on the day and gave so generously,” she said.
She said the money would be divided between two organisations, the children's transplant team and the paediatric renal ward at Leeds General Infirmary.
Joel himself hit the headlines in 2011 when - having become a star at the British Transplant Games - he asked friends not to give him any presents at his sixth birthday party but instead give donations to the transplant team.
He was nominated in the summer for a York Community Pride Child of the Year Award by Polly, who told of his character, bravery and spirit in coping with a series of post-transplant medical complications.
Polly, from Dringhouses, said yesterday she was in the early stages of planning a major black tie event next September to mark the first anniversary of Joel’s death.
She said the dinner dance would be held on September 12 at York Racecourse but details would be finalised later.
She said she would be appealing later for gifts for a raffle to be staged during the evening and also for sponsorship of the event.
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