Cancer battler Kellsie big day at the Stadium of Light

Kellsie Donkin (left) and mum Joanne at the Stadium of Light.

Kellsie Donkin (left) and mum Joanne at the Stadium of Light.

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BOUNCING back from life-threatening cancer, Sunderland fan Kellsie Scott was treated to a dream day out.

In recognition of her bravery in the face of being diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma and leukaemia, the 13-year-old was treated to tickets for SAFC’s recent clash with Aston Villa.

The young Black Cats fan also got a VIP tour of the Stadium of Light as well as enjoying a slap-up meal.

The Academy 360 pupil and her aunt, Joanne Clucas, were there as guests of cancer charity Clic Sargent.

A devastating diagnosis in 2009 led to more than a year of treatment for Kellsie who is now well on the road to a full recovery.

During their ordeal, the family were supported by the charity.

Joanne, of Pennywell, said: “The last few years have been really tough for the whole family, so it was great to have a fun day out together.

“Kellsie was an absolute star throughout her treatment. She kept her chin up and just got on with it, so this was a perfect way to treat her for being so strong.

“We were over the moon to receive the tickets as we’ve lived here all our lives and Kellsie loves her home team.”

She added: “Clic Sargent has been fantastic right from the start. The charity gave us a grant of £170 straightaway to buy extra things like clothes and food which eased the pressure, and when we were on the ward a Clic Sargent social worker would pop around to see how we were doing and ask if we needed anything. “

Paul Boanas, UK account manager at Prozone, a sports analyst organisation who donated the tickets to the cancer charity, said: “Prozone is proud to support Clic Sargent and the charity’s work helping children and young people with cancer.

“As well taking part in the charity’s Kick! football fund-raising campaign next year and holding an office sweepstake, we wanted to offer these hospitality football tickets to families that love Sunderland F.C and really deserve a fun day out.”

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