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Cornish students raise money for five year-old Redruth cancer sufferer, Joel Erents

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

  • Some of the pupils and staff taking part in the “Jumpers for Joel” day at Peniar School, with Joel Erents in the middle.

  • Five year-old Joel Erents.

  • Five year-old Joel Erents.

  • Mum Alison, Joel, younger brother Thomas and dad Martin at the “Jumpers for Joel” day in Peniar School.

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Students and teachers from three Cornish schools have been wearing Christmas jumpers to raise money for a Redruth boy battling with cancer.

During the last week Penair School in Truro, Treleigh Community Primary in Redruth and Humphry Davy School in Penzance, have all been fundraising for five year-old Joel Erents, who is suffering from a brain tumour.

The money collected from the affectionately named “Jumpers for Joel” days will be added to the £2,000 already raised to help pay for the brave schoolboy undergo vital treatment in America next month.

Joel’s parents, who are both teachers, have been left “overwhelmed” by the amount of support they have received.

“People that we do not even know have been so generous towards us, and as a family we would like to say thank-you to everybody that has helped us.

“We are truly grateful. We feel very privileged to live amongst such a caring community,” said Joel’s dad, Martin Erents, a design technology teacher at Penair School.

Joel was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year.

He underwent major brain surgery in April, but just six months later a scan showed that his tumour had grown.

Due to the difficult position of the cancer, the NHS is paying for the year one Treleigh pupil to travel to Florida, America, and receive a special six week course of radiotherapy treatment.

Joel, who will be taking his lucky Kermit the Frog toy for support, will have to go in to hospital five days each week, where he will spend up to an hour strapped still to a hospital bed while wearing a specially designed mask.

Some of the money donated to the family will go towards taking the five year-old out for fun and relaxing activities on the days he gets to leave hospital.

Joel’s mum Alison Erents, a geography teacher at Humphry Davy School, said: “The biggest thing for us is that we are going to be staying in a charity house for up to 30 families.

“So we thought it would be really nice if on the weekends we can get away from the house and spend some time together as a family, perhaps at the beach.”

After their return the family wish to pass on any money they do not need for Joel to CLIC Sargent.

Mrs Erents said: "I know I speak for many families when I say that CLIC Sargent for children with cancer is an amazing charity.

“Our outreach nurse is always there for us, she has been really important for how our family have dealt with Joel’s diagnosis.”

Despite the scary task ahead of him, Joel is looking forward to the trip and starting his treatment.

Mrs Erents added: “Joel just takes it all in his stride. I don’t think he thinks he’s any different from anyone else. He is excited about going to America and keeps telling everyone about it!”

To find out more about Joel’s story visit, jumpersforjoel@blogspot.com.

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