Finn Hudson of Manthorpe and friends raise £2,500 to thank Make-A-Wish for supporting him through childhood cancer battles

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A BRAVE boy who survived cancer twice has raised about £2,500 for the charity which helped him during battles with the life-threatening disease.

Finn Hudson, 11, held a garden party on Sunday which raised more than £1,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation UK, which helps children fighting life-threatening illnesses - and his friend Thomas Maker, 10, raised more than £1,000 by running 5k too.

Finn, of Manthorpe, has fought rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer which causes tumours to grow from muscle or fibrous tissue, twice - firstly when he was two and then again at the age of four. It was during this time the charity sent him on an exciting trip to Lapland with his dad Andy, 41, where he met Father Christmas.

Edenham Primary School pupil Finn, who has now been in remission for five years, decided now was the time to give something back so other young people can have trips to look forward to like the one he was treated to.

He never dreamed so much money would be raised at his party and said: “It was a great day and I would like to thank everyone who helped, including Thomas Maker for doing the run the day before the event.

“Unfortunately it was a rainy day but lots of people still came.”

The fundraising event was a private function for Finn’s friends and family who know what he has been through.

Finn’s family were told he had a tumour in the space behind his nose while in hospital to have his tonsils and adenoids removed aged just two. He had chemotherapy for about six months, but shortly afterwards the cancer came back, and in his lungs too.

He then had chemotherapy and radiotherapy on and off for another year before he was better.

Mum Sally, 41, said she and husband Andy, and their daughter Daisy, nine, are so proud of Finn for what he has achieved.