Little girl eating strawberries on a hospital bedNellie-Rose is smart, funny and full of life. Her infectious personality brings joy and happiness to everyone around her and despite all she is going through, she continues to always have a smile on her face.

Three-year-old Nellie-Rose adores spending time with her family, especially her Nanny. She loves going to nursery and seeing all her friends and teachers. Sadly, since treatment started Nellie-Rose has not been able to return to her nursery and is missing socialising with her friends.

Nellie-Rose is battling a disease no child should have to. She has high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival at diagnosis.

Her family are raising funds for further treatment, either to get Nellie-Rose into remission or to try and keep the cancer away if the treatment goes to plan.

Nellie-Rose’s Story

In February 2020, Nellie-Rose’s mum Leighann took her to A&E after she struggled using her right leg. Scans initially came back clear, and the family were advised to return the next day for blood tests. The next day she was referred to the Orthopaedic team and booked in for an MRI.

Nellie-Rose had her first MRI in March at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, where results showed lesions on her hips and her parents were given a possible diagnosis of Leukaemia. A further ultrasound at Maidstone Hospital revealed a tumour in her stomach, and doctors confirmed she had Stage 4 cancer.

Nellie-Rose underwent a full-body CT scan, had a Hickman line inserted into her chest, and then biopsies taken. 

“I wasn’t ready to see tubes from my tiny daughter’s chest. I was in shock and disbelief at what was happening around me,” says Leighann.

On the 30th March 2020, Nellie-Rose’s parents were given the devastating news that their gorgeous and brave daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.Little girl smiling outside


Nellie-Rose has already endured so much and has several months of frontline treatment left to complete.

She has just finished induction chemotherapy and will undergo surgery, high-dose chemotherapy, a stem cell harvest, radiotherapy and then immunotherapy over the coming months.

“We’ve just completed induction chemo, in the hope of shrinking the tumour back. That’s just the start. The months ahead are going to be harsh and scary.” Says Leighann.

Nellie-Rose’s Fundraising Campaign

Nellie-Rose’s parents are raising funds for further treatment, either to get their daughter into remission or to try and keep the cancer away if treatment does go to plan. This could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The strength that Nellie has shown since her diagnosis is nothing short of inspirational and way beyond her years!”

How you can help

There are many ways you can help Nellie-Rose: by making a personal donation; by sharing her story on social media; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge.

Download our free Nellie-Rose resources below, to support your fundraising.

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To donate by text, send “NELLIEROSE” followed by any whole amount up to £20 to 70085. This will cost your donation plus your standard network charge. It won’t matter if you leave a space before the number, if you include a ‘£’ sign or whether you use upper or lower case.

If you’d like to help support Nellie-Rose’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and [email protected]

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