THE tale of brave Sam Fynn, who is battling a brain tumour, has reached the other side of the world.

Sam's story has touched the hearts of scores of Chronicle readers who have dug deep and raised about £15,500.

And this week Cheshire Regiment soldiers held an event for Sam far away at their base camp in Iraq, raising £1,800 so far.

Sam's mum Caroline said: 'Again, I would like to say thank you to everybody who has shown us so much support and generosity.'

Earlier this month, The Chronicle asked its readers to help raise enough money to send Sam, six, on holiday to Center Parcs with his extended family and beloved beagle puppy Todd.

Just 11 weeks earlier the little boy had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Sam had a one-in-two-million chance of developing the aggressive condition, which is so rare, the medical profession does not know how to treat it.

Sam's family, of Great Sutton, wanted to make the summer as happy as can be for Sam and turned to The Chronicle readers for help.

Within the first week, the £3,000 target was smashed and nearly tripled.

Last week the total had gone up to more than £11,000 and generous readers have raised another £4,000 this week.

The money means that Sam has got his wish. He and his family, along with Todd, will leave for the Sherwood Center Parcs resort in Nottingham next Friday.

Because of limited availability and the short notice, Center Parcs could only offer the family accommodation until Monday.

But, to make up for it, they have promised to make their stay as enjoyable as possible with bicycles and access to the bowling alleys and other activities.

The family will then go on to Green Acres Caravan Park at Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog, to complete their holiday.

With the extra money, Sam's family plan to buy him an electric wheelchair so the youngster can maintain his independence.

Chester-based charity Children Today, which specialises in finding specialist equipment for disabled children, has helped them find a suitable chair in record time and the equipment is due to arrive at Sam's house any day.

The rest of the cash will go specifically towards financing research in Sam's type of cancer, brain stem tumours.

This week donations have continued to pour in. A team of runners from the Cheshire Regiment, completed a sponsored 120-mile run on Tuesday.

They started the run at 5.30am and completed 480 laps of the small Army base near the centre of Basra. The team included Corporal Terry Finlay, 34, Lance Corporal Adrian Rotherham, 24, Private Scott Forsythe, 20, Lance Corporal Alex Jamieson, 26, Corporal Darren Humphrys, 33, all of Ellesmere Port, Private Kevin Bitten, 23, Private Darren Martin, 21, Private Andy Berry, all of Crewe and Sergeant Geoff Wyatt, 33 of Winsford.

A sixties rock n roll event was held at the Whitby Sports and Social Club on Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port. Merseyside bands The Foremost, The Mojos and The Undertakers were among the acts to entertain a full house a week last Thursday.

All the acts donated their fees and customers took part in raffles and contributed towards collection, raising just under £1,000.

General manager Joe Quinn said: 'It was a fantastic night and took us just two days to organise.'

Vauxhall Motors sent a cheque of £1,200 directly to the family this week, while Terry Jones, of Terry and Co Hairdressers, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port sent them the proceeds from a raffle held in his salon.

Chance to meet real characters >>>

Chance to meet real characters

LITTLE Sam Fynn had the time of his life when he came face to face with his Disney heroes.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy were just some of the stars the six-year-old met at Disneyland Paris.

Wish charity Star Light paid for Sam, his sister Shani, 10, brother Damian, 12, and parents Caroline and Andy to go on the dream trip.

Ten other family members paid their way to join them in the fun.

Caroline said: 'Sam had a wonderful time, he loved the rides and meeting all the characters.

'Before we went, he said he didn't want to go because he had to leave his new puppy Todd behind and he was heart-broken.

'But on the way back, he said he didn't want to go home, except to see Todd and have some mashed potatoes.'

She added: 'It's just what the family needed. We are all exhausted and have a lot of washing to do, but it was fantastic to be able to have that experience with Sam.'

Grandmother adds vital funds to appeal >>>

Grandmother adds vital funds to appeal

ONE person who understands what Sam's family is going through is Christine Humphreys.

For the past two years she has been raising money for her five-year-old granddaughter Nicole, who is awaiting urgent brain surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The Great Sutton resident has devoted Mondays to holding a market stall in Ellesmere Port to collect the cash needed to help epilepsy sufferer Nicole, who also has scar tissue on her brain. Reading Sam's story was enough to inspire Christine to do something to help.

'My husband buys The Chronicle every week. I picked it up and saw Sam's picture on the front and thought we would do the market on Monday to raise funds for him,' she said.

'It just touched my heart really because I understand what the family are going through and we've been going through this since Nicole was three-months-old.'

Selling items from her garage and happily accepting donations, Christine managed to raise £120.

'I cut the story from the paper and stuck it on the board with a note,' she said.

'Some people read the sign and walked away but most were happy to donate and asked about Sam himself. It enabled other people to talk about their losses.'

And she says she will continue with her quest to help her granddaughter for as long as is necessary.

'I'll be back every Monday for Nicole,' said Christine. 'The majority of people, not just from Ellesmere Port but also the surrounding areas, are so generous. I've thanked them before and I'd like to thank them again.'

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Money will go to fund research

THE Fynn family have far exceeded their aim of raising enough money to take Sam away on holiday with his puppy Todd.

But the extra money will go to a charity which researches brain stem tumours, a rare and devastating cancer which the medical profession knows little about.

So if you still want to make a donation or hold a fundraising event in Sam's name, contact The Chronicle.

If you want to make a contribution, send a cheque payable to Sam Fynn to The Chester Chronicle, Commonhall Street, Chester CH1 2AA.

Because of the rapid progression of Sam's illness, his family have not yet been able to set up a trust fund account. Details will be published as and when they are available.

If you have an idea for a fundraising event of your own call the newsdesk on 01244 606424 or e-mail

The Sam Fynn Appeal
On behalf of Sam Fynn and his family, The Chronicle would like to thank the following people for their donations, kind words and generous offers of assistance this week:

Miss ICA Fletcher; Mrs FM Jacks; Barbara, Phil, Tom, Simon and Matthew Healing; Mr JCS Lewis and Mrs TM Lewis; Vauxhall Motors; Joe Quinn and staff, customers and performing artists at Whitby Sports and Social Club, Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port; Cheshire Regiment; Highfield County Primary School; Stepping Stones Play Group; Mrs A Evans; Mrs G Jenkinson; Terry and Co Hairdressing, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port; Ryan, Shannon, Audrey and Roy and many more too numerous to mention.

Current total: £15,502