A former primary school teacher who fought and won her own cancer battle has reached out to Dundee schoolboy Garvie Winter as he undergoes chemotherapy for leukaemia.
Pauline Warsop, 54, was so moved by the Tele’s stories about seven-year-old Garvie, from Downfield, that she contacted his family.
They were given the heartbreaking news just over a week ago that Garvie will need to spend Christmas in hospital as he continues his battle with cancer.
Pauline, who taught at Guardbridge Primary in Fife until she became too ill, said she felt so sorry for Garvie and his mum, Haley, that she wrote a letter and sent gifts.
Pauline, from Gauldry, said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and had a double mastectomy.
“I was told at one point that my illness was terminal so when I read Garvie’s story I knew exactly what the family were going through.
“I felt so sorry for little Garvie and his mum and just really wanted to do something to support them.”
In her letter to Haley, Pauline said: “As a cancer survivor I felt that I could do just a little something to cheer you all up — if only for a minute.
“You are on a very long journey. It’s emotional stamina that you will need in buckets. I’ll be thinking of you all.
“It’s important not to think too far ahead.”
Haley thanked Pauline for her letter and said: “I have been very moved by Pauline’s letter. She touched my heart so much and I was very grateful to her.”
She added that Garvie’s treatment was going well and although he has been sick he is coping well.
Garvie was diagnosed with the disease in October after coming home from school feeling unwell and sleeping a lot. Within days he was in hospital in Glasgow.
During his time as a patient at both Glasgow and Ninewells hospitals, the Fintry Primary pupil received induction therapy which it was hoped would put him in remission.
However, the treatment was unsuccessful and Garvie has been admitted for intensive chemotherapy and will be staying in over Christmas.
Kind-hearted Dundonians have rallied round the youngster, so far raising more than £2,200 through a JustGiving page.