Family of Wigan leukaemia tot Theo overwhelmed by support

Theo Hamilton with dad Loz and mum Katt
Theo Hamilton with dad Loz and mum Katt

The mum of a Wigan toddler who is battling leukaemia has thanked everyone for their festive greetings after the family received countless presents and cards.

Theo Hamilton, three, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia by specialists after his parents, Katt and Loz Hamilton, took him to A&E believing that he was suffering from meningitis when he developed a rash on his back.

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The Up Holland youngster has been battling the disease since September but has recently been put on a more aggressive course of chemotherapy as the cancer was not shrinking as fast as expected.

Since Theo’s diagnosis there has been an outpouring of support from the Wigan community, with people arranging fund-raisers for the family and for Manchester Children’s Hospital - where the toddler is receiving his treatment.

Mum-of-three Katt said that she is “overwhelmed” by the generosity of Up Holland residents and those across the borough.

She said: “A massive thank you to all the kind people who have sent Theo Christmas cards, presents or money,

“The list Is endless people are amazing and just so kind. I can’t even thank everyone who has done everything because the list is just ongoing, people have been so generous.”

Over the past three months, thousands of pounds have been raised for #Theo’sTribe which supports children fighting Leukaemia.

Some of the fund-raising efforts include Theo’s Christmas markets which took place in December at Holland Hall.

Theo’s dad Loz works as a chef for the popular wedding venue, which has supported the family throughout his journey.

Up Holland High School has also got involved, holding a non-uniform day to support the family’s cause.

More recently, local resident Elaine Matthews, knitted a Spiderman blanket which was left for Theo at the family home.

Following a Facebook appeal, Katt was able to track down the mystery knitter to thank her.

Theo, who spends his time in and out of Manchester children’s hospital, was allowed home for Christmas.

Katt said: “So grateful to be home and for all your support the past few months you’re amazing. Love to you all.”