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Teenager raises cash for Queen’s Medical Centre ward that helped him beat cancer

Joshua Aisthorpe, right, donates specialist play equipment to Bev King, a nurse on the children's ward at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham

Joshua Aisthorpe, right, donates specialist play equipment to Bev King, a nurse on the children's ward at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham

A teenager who developed a brain tumour when he was one year old has raised more than £200 for the hospital ward that treated him.

Joshua Aisthorpe, 15, from Easton-on-the-Hill, challenged himself to cycle four miles round Rutland Water in aid of children’s ward E40 at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Joshua has to ride a special tricycle because of the effects of a brain tumour he was diagnosed with the day after his first birthday.

But he managed to cycle the four miles and raised a total of £212 in sponsorship.

Joshua has since donated the money to the ward where he was treated in Nottingham.

The money has been spent on specialist play equipment, which will be enjoyed by many of the children who visit the ward in future.

Mother Alison said: “We are very proud of Joshua for doing it.

“I am sure the children will get a lot of use out of the new equipment. He has raised funds before but this is the first time for the hospital.”

Following Joshua’s diagnosis Alison and her husband Robert were told he had just a 50 per cent chance of survival.

But after a year of chemotherapy he beat the tumour into remission.

Joshua did suffer some brain damage during his ordeal.

He struggles with balance and co-ordination and has to use a special custom-made tricycle.

Despite this he is a keen fundraiser and enjoys a challenge.

In 2007 he took part in another sponsored cycle after being inspired to raise money by Comic Relief.

The donations he received were split between Comic Relief and CLIC Sargent.

 

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