Bungee plunge to support Sunderland toddler’s cancer battle

Vicky Stokoe during her bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong.

Vicky Stokoe during her bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong.

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A CARING businesswoman took the plunge to help a tot who’s battling cancer.

Two-year-old Kian Armstrong’s fight against a neuroblastoma tumour has touched the hearts of the Castletown community who are rallying round to help him.

Bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, where Vicky Stokoe took part in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong.

Bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, where Vicky Stokoe took part in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong.

Bosses at The Supa in Castle View are some of those who are supporting the Armstrongs with owner Vicky Stokoe doing a bungee jump outside the club.

She’s hoping to raise enough money to buy Kian a wooden playhouse for his garden.

Because of his illness, Kian can’t play outside like other boys his age.

Mum Jemma, 28, said: “Kian can now spend less and less time outside of the house and hospital because germs are so dangerous to his immune system.

Vicky Stokoe during her bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong.

Vicky Stokoe during her bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong.

“But we came up with the idea of decking the bottom of the garden and getting him a summer house and sand pit which we can disinfect for him.”

Just a week after developing symptoms, the Castletown youngster was diagnosed with the rapidly-spreading disease in his stomach, hip, adrenal gland and lymph nodes.

Specialists at the RVI in Newcastle have said he faces at least a year of treatment.

Mum-of-four Jemma added: “We’ve been given the news that the treatment is going as well as can be expected and the tumour has shrunk. His weight has plummeted significantly but that’s to be expected as he’s approaching day 50 of treatment.”

Vicky Stokoe after her bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong (left)

Vicky Stokoe after her bungee jump at Castleview, Castletown, Sunderland on Wednesday night, in aid of cancer sufferer Kian Armstrong (left)

Fund-raiser Vicky said: “Kian’s a lovely little boy and we want to do anything we can to help him.

“We have raised £1,000 so far, but the one we want for him is £2,000. We’re hoping a builder or someone who works in the trade may see this and give us it at cost price.”

As well as the bungee jump, The Supa, formerly Castleview Snooker Club, has hosted a Lady Gaga tribute night. Money raised from that will go towards paying for the Armstrong family to go to DisneyLand, Paris, once Kian’s completed his treatment.

Kian’s nursery, Buttercups at the Bunny Hill Centre, and The Village Hair Salon in Ethel Terrace have also rallied round to raise funds.

Jemma added: “I’ve lived my whole life in Castletown and the way the community has responded means so much to us.

“Everyone has been amazing. All we ever wanted was a little prayer for him but they’ve taken it upon themselves to do more. We are so grateful.”

Just weeks after diagnosis, the tot is now undergoing tri-weekly trips to the hospital as well as an intense form of chemotherapy for 70 days in the hope that it will shrink the tumour before it is surgically removed.

l Anyone who thinks they can help with Kian’s wooden house appeal, can contact Vicky on tel: 07985 163635.

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