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Noah Truman, who was diagnosed with children’s cancer, was determined to raise money for other children and families going through a similar journey as him and his family.

Noah was diagnosed with children’s cancer two years ago. His mum, Suzanne Truman, describes how tough the last two years have been for Noah and their family.

“The past two years have been really tough for our family. Noah was diagnosed two weeks before Christmas, we then had to shield for a few months and were cut off from our friends and family. The staff on the Children’s Cancer Wards 4 and 14 of the Great North Children’s Hospital have been amazing, and this fundraiser was our way of giving something back so they can continue to support families like us in the future.”

Noah and Suzanne with cheque

Noah calls out to local businesses


Noah initially wrote a letter to local businesses to see if they could donate a prize to help him and his family raise money. He mentioned in his letter, “In December 2019, I was diagnosed with cancer aged 7 and I was super scared but the doctors, nurses and play specialists at Great North Children’s Hospital (Newcastle RVI) took good care of me and helped me to understand what was happening. Although I am still undergoing treatment, I am much better and would like to give something back to the people who have supported me and help other families.

“It’s really sad seeing people with cancer and I want to raise money so they can research new medicines that don’t have any horrible side effects and try to find a cure. I understand Covid has been a challenging time for many people but if you are able to donate a prize to the raffle I would be very grateful.”

The fundraising begins…


Local businesses heard Noah. Noah’s granny, Joanne Spence, explained, “We originally had a children’s fun day organised but that was cancelled due to Covid, but we were determined to give something back which is when we came up with the idea of a quiz and prize draw. Our initial target was £2,000 thinking that was realistic. We were soon overwhelmed by the generosity of businesses, family and friends, without them we couldn’t have done it. To then end up with a total of £8,351 was just amazing. Our thanks go out to everyone that supported us.”

Noah and Suzanne at fundraiser
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