Brave youngster supported by Kenilworth rugby players - The Leamington Observer

Brave youngster supported by Kenilworth rugby players

Leamington Editorial 25th Jan, 2017   0

A BRAVE youngster who spent 18 months of her younger life battling cancer has benefited from the support of Kenilworth Rugby Club.

Ella Rigg, from Yorkshire, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma three years ago. Following tests, a grapefruit sized tumour was discovered inside Ella – resulting in her undergoing months of treatment including chemotherapy, a ten-hour operation, stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

Determined not the let her relentless schedule of treatment defeat her, Ella was told by doctors in May 2015 that she was in remission.

With the support of many charities, including Candlelighters, the ten-year-old has arranged multiple charity events, with the latest taking place at Kenilworth Rugby Club.

Ella’s auntie, Jacqui Smithson – who lives in Kenilworth – was challenged by the inspirational youngster to get her two sons, Noah and Louis, to complete 100 drop kicks in half an hour.

The pair completed the challenge and raised £500, taking Ella’s overall total to £6,000.

Funds raised will be distributed around various charities, including Make A Wish – a grant giving charity which supports young people aged between three and 17 living with life-threatening conditions.

Jacqui said the day was a great success and thanked Kenilworth Rugby Club for its support throughout the day.

Visit to donate to Ella’s cause.


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