THE MUM of a Prenton schoolboy diagnosed with a rare brain tumour has thanked Globe's golden-hearted readers for all their support.

Seven-year-old Sid Earley was diagnosed with Ependymoma - a rare, large cancerous tumour centred around the brain stem.

A pupil at Redcourt St Anselm’s, Sid underwent a 10-hour operation on his brain to remove the tumour which doctors hailed a success.

Sid must now receive eight to 10 weeks of intensive proton beam therapy in Jacksonville, USA - a treatment which is not available on the NHS.

Although the NHS have agreed to fund Sid’s treatment, they will not be able to cover the living costs or the cost of flying out his identical twin brother Mac which devastated mum Alex and dad Simon.

However, after a campaign, hundreds of people stepped up to raise cash to keep the inseparable pair of brothers together.

£13,631 has been raised of the £5,000 target and Mac can now travel with the family to Jacksonville on Saturday.

Alex told the Globe: "We have just been totally bowled over by the support shown to our family.

"It has been so moving that people have come forward with words of support or donated to the Justgiving page.

"Sid will receive 30 minutes of treatment, Monday to Friday for 10 weeks.

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Mum Alex with Sid in hospital

"They don't like the child to travel straight home after treatment either so we'll probably be staying a little longer.

"From what we've seen the Proton Centre in Jacksonville is so amazing usually with little ones having this treatment they would sedate them but they make the children so comfortable and confident they don't need to do that.

"I'm semi-organised and the hospital co-ordinator has booked us in. They work backwards so the treatment is sorted, flights then accommodation.

"For us it was never an option to travel without Mac.

"You know the first time Sid walked after his operation was when he saw Mac, the difference it made having his brother there was unbelievable.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to Redcourt St Anselm's, they have been unreal and have acted like an extended family.

"The school has just been invaluable and have been there every step of the way.

"The care they have shown Mac who has been in school while Sid receives his treatment and created things for him to do. It's such a wonderful school.

"I'm unbelievably grateful of the generosity and kindness shown to us and I just don't know how I can thank everyone individually.

"Without them Sid wouldn't be on his way to getting back on his feet.

"I can't thank everybody enough."

Last week Sid and Mac were awarded Primary School Pupil of the Year at the Wirral Globe School Awards.

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