Seriously ill Paige Evans is first visitor to sick schoolboy’s holiday retreat

Beth Tait with her daughter Paige Evans.
Beth Tait with her daughter Paige Evans.
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A POORLY schoolboy has reached out the hand of friendship to a little girl desperately fighting for life.

Despite battling cancer, four-year-old Kian Armstrong, from Castletown, has been leading fundraising to pay for a holiday caravan which ill children and their families can visit for a much-needed break.

The drive, called, Kian’s Gift, has seen the purchase of a caravan in Haggerston Castle, Northumberland, and the first person to stay will be Silksworth youngster Paige Evans.

The 23-month-old’s family have been left heartbroken after doctors told them nothing more could be done to help Paige, who has spent all of her young life fighting life-threatening conditions that have left her blind and deaf.

Paige will stay in the caravan with parents Bethany and Paul as they strive to make memories with their little girl.

Paige’s grandma Kay Gibb, 42, said: “I’d heard about Kian’s gift through Facebook and I just think it’s an amazing idea. Bethany and Paul have never been able to have a holiday with Paige so this will be something really special for them.

“Just to be able to have a break from hospitals and treatment will be amazing.

“When you have a poorly child, families can’t often afford to go on holiday because all their money is spent on travelling and things like food at the hospital. So for Kian’s Gift to be able to do this for them is such a nice thing to do.”

Kian, who attends Castletown Primary School, has now completed treatment for neuroblastoma and his family are awaiting test results to see how his body has responded.

Mum Jemma, 30, said: “Paige’s grandma contacted us about using the caravan and we are just so proud and honoured to be helping them make everlasting memories. It’s exactly what the caravan is for.

“Kian loves it up there and after staying at a caravan when he was receiving treatment, he wanted to have a caravan for other children.

“He’s been really hands on with it all, he knows what he wants, from the ornaments to fluffing the cushions for the sofa.”

In the past seven months, the Kian’s Gift fund has raised £15,000 towards the £40,000 needed to pay for the caravan and all bills for the next three years.

Jemma and two other fund-raisers have staged a host of activities to get the money needed including selling wristbands, bag packs and holding car boot sales.