By Rachael Grealish
Sports stars and celebrities local and worldwide have spoken out to support Stanley Dalton, the namesake of the online movement #SaveOurStan.
Stan is two-year-old from Carlisle, in Cumbria, whose family are in a race against time to raise £500,000 to get him life-saving cancer treatment in Singapore.
In March 2019 Stan’s parents were given the devastating news their little boy had been diagnosed with T-CELL Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
The toddler underwent chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants prior to the family receiving a glimmer of hope in the form of a drug trial, which seemingly got his cancer under control.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, in June this year doctors revealed the news Stan’s leukaemia had returned – now his parents were left with the option of going to Singapore for Stan to undergo treatment there, but it would cost £500,000.
In light of this Stan’s family, friends and people from all over have been getting creative with ways they can raise money and a JustGiving page was set up.
Most recently the likes of Harry and Jamie Redknapp, Jimmy Glass, Bob Wilson, Matt Peacock, among others have spoken out to support the movement.
Jamie and Harry Redknapp sent a video together in which they sent their love and support for the cause.
A special message for a special little boy 💙
A personal thank you to The Redknapps for supporting #saveourstan 💙 😘 and helping get Stan the treatment he needs in Singapore ASAP 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Lorna Jenkins (@LornaJenks) July 10, 2020
The former-Carlisle United goalkeeper, Jimmy Glass, has donated his football gloves to be raffled off, raising over £2,000 so far.
TV-star Matt Peacock took part in a luxury prize raffle and sent a message saying he was ‘blown away’ by the strength of not just Stan, but the strength of his family being able to carry on in such difficult times.
In his video Matt said: “How people are strong enough to be going through something like that in their life, but can still go ahead and raise funds for such an important cause just blows me away.”
On a local level the Carlisle Community Choir has been one of the many organisations to raise money for the cause – today, Friday July 10, they are hosting a virtual open mic night and quiz in bid to raise funds.
So far over £320,000 has been raised on the #SaveOurStan JustGiving page and his family say if more than what is needed is raised the remaining will be donated to help other children receive treatment they need.