Doncaster girl, 10, battling cancer and helping others

Laura Powell, ten, pictured with her mum Annette and siblings Katelyn, eight and Luke, two. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 02-02-15 Powell MC 3
Laura Powell, ten, pictured with her mum Annette and siblings Katelyn, eight and Luke, two. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 02-02-15 Powell MC 3

A brave 10-year-old Doncaster schoolgirl is battling a rare form of cancer – while raising cash to help others with the illness.

Caring Laura Powell, of Balby, is undergoing gruelling treatment but is still raising cash charity.

Laura Powell, ten, pictured with her mum Annette and siblings Katelyn, eight and Luke, two. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 02-02-15 Powell MC 1

Laura Powell, ten, pictured with her mum Annette and siblings Katelyn, eight and Luke, two. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 02-02-15 Powell MC 1

Laura was initially diagnosed with meningitis and was allowed home after undergoing treatment.

But the following week when Annette and Laura were at a parents’ evening at Mallard Primary School, Balby, the youngster became dizzy, complained of severe headaches and struggled to stand. Annette took her back to hospital where she had a CT scan which revealed a mass at the back of her brain and she was sent to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for an MRI scan.

The scan revealed Laura had medulloblastoma, a brain tumour most common in children.

The youngster underwent an eight-hour operation to remove the tumour followed by eight courses of radiotherapy. She is now undergoing chemotherapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the next year.

Annette, 37, said: “She’s like any other little girl, she loves arts and crafts, cycling and One Direction.”

“She wants to be an Olympic cycler when she grows up.

“She’s still happy and outgoing. She wants to help other people. She’s not sitting there moaning, saying ‘why me’.

“She has already raised £1,060 for the Little Princess Trust and will be holding a bake sale this month to raise more money for the Sick Children’s Trust.”

The Sick Children’s Trust aims to provide a future where every family with a seriously ill child in hospital will be able to stay together, just minutes from their child’s bed.

The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs to children across the country who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

On her just giving page, Laura said: “When I was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in November The Sick Children’s Trust gave my parents a room so that they could say at the hospital with me.

“Without this help dad would have had to drive home from Sheffield to Doncaster every night, about 35 minutes drive, as only one parent can stay overnight.”

Mark, 40, has given up his job to care for Laura full time.

The bake sale and coffee morning will be on February 17 at Woodfield Park Community Hall, near St Catherine’s Hospital, from 11am to 2pm. There will be a bouncy castle and activities.

* Log onto Laura’s Bake Me Better page visit Bake Me Better on Twitter or search bake me better on Facebook to donate.