A fundraiser to help send a seven-year-old Dundee boy to Italy for life-saving cancer treatment has reached its target.
Garvie Winter, from Downfield, was diagnosed with leukaemia last November.
Since then, the Fintry Primary pupil has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy, which mum Haley, 32, says have been unsuccessful.
Haley also recently made an unsuccessful appeal for a bone marrow donor who could be a potential match for Garvie.
After his fifth round of chemotherapy didn’t work, doctors said his only hope was to undergo groundbreaking Car T-cell therapy in Italy.
The treatment involves a patient’s T cells — a type of immune system cell — being changed in the laboratory so they will attack cancer cells.
Haley launched a fundraising campaign in a bid to fund the trip for the treatment, which has now surpassed its £95,000 target.
She said that it was “really exciting” news for Garvie, as preparations start for the trip.
Haley said: “I wasn’t up to date with everything because we had been away.
“When I saw it I couldn’t believe it – it’s just amazing. The fundraisers have all been brilliant and I can’t thank them enough.
“I don’t even know what to say – it gives me goosebumps.”
Haley said that Garvie is set to undergo more chemotherapy treatment next week and is waiting for marrow test results coming back, before plans can start for him to go to Italy for the treatment.
Lisa Vannart, one of the people behind the campaign, broke the news late yesterday – saying “best week ever”.
Laura Colligan also posted online, hailing the “amazing” fundraising efforts of locals. She said: “How amazing and outstanding the effort everyone has made to make this happen for Haley and Garvie.
“The target has been smashed – the way I’m feeling, I can’t even begin to imagine how Haley is feeling. Feel like I am away to sob. #Teamgarvie – he’s going on that plane.”
In an online group dedicated to the fundraising activities for Garvie, locals wished the youngster good luck for his upcoming trip and praised the work of fundraisers across the city.
Angie Richardson said: “You should all be so proud of yourselves for making this happen for Garvie.”
Kelly Percy added: “Brilliant news. So happy for you all – good luck wee one.”
The achievement comes after more than £101,000 was raised in just over six weeks to send 30-year-old Tracey Burke for the treatment that could save her life.
Tracey, from Ardler, was diagnosed with cervical cancer three years ago.
Her husband Greg set up a fundraising drive on May 13 in a bid to raise cash to send her to the continent for immunotherapy, at a cost of £90,000.