Sheffield lad Shaun sends letter from the heart to help gran

Parson Cross Monteney Primary School pupil Shaun Daley, aged ten, with gran Barbara Phillips, aged 61, and the letter he wrote to his school asking if it could hold a fundraising day for cancer research.

Parson Cross Monteney Primary School pupil Shaun Daley, aged ten, with gran Barbara Phillips, aged 61, and the letter he wrote to his school asking if it could hold a fundraising day for cancer research.

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A LITTLE boy with a big heart is on a mission to raise money to help people with cancer after his grandmother was diagnosed with the disease.

When Shaun Daley found out his beloved gran Barbara Phillips, aged 61, was facing a fight with the illness, he sprang into action.

Determined to do something to cheer up his devastated family, the plucky 10-year-old penned a heartfelt letter to his headteacher at Monteney Primary School, Sheffield.

The Year Five pupil pleaded with staff to let him organise a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The letter read: “I got the worst news ever that my nannan has got cancer. It made me think a lot about ways I can help people like my nannan and the thousands of other people with cancer.”

As a result, the school allowed Shaun to fundraise - and the youngster set about collecting raffle prizes, baking cakes to sell, and organising a non-uniform day in return for £1 donations.

His mother Sonia Daley, 42, of Ecclesfield, said: “When we told him the news he went straight upstairs, then he came down with the letter saying he wanted to do something for his nana.

“The next day he gave it to his headteacher.

“He did everything himself. He lost his uncle and great nana to cancer and he has given talks on it in school. Anything to fundraise, he does it.

“I want to thank the school and everyone who helped him.”

Barbara, of Chapeltown, underwent an operation this week as part of her treatment for skin cancer.

She said: “It was very emotional. I am very proud of him. He’s always been a very good grandson but this just shows he is an amazing little boy. He’s old for his years, he’s so caring.”

Shaun’s event raised £650 for charity - and he has vowed to continue his good work.