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East End couple jump 10,000ft for the Mitchell Huth Appeal

PUBLISHED: 13:39 10 April 2012 | UPDATED: 14:48 10 April 2012

Paul McSweeny, Fatma Yagmur and Sean O'Callaghan completed the skydive for Mitchell Huth

Paul McSweeny, Fatma Yagmur and Sean O'Callaghan completed the skydive for Mitchell Huth

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A brave East End couple jumped out of a plane at 10,000ft to raise money and awareness for a six-year-old in need of life saving treatment.

Fatma Yagmur and Sean O’Callaghan, both 19, tandem sky-dived at Beccles Heliport in Suffolk, on Sunday, April 8, and in the process scooped up sponsorship of more than £200 for six-year old Mitchell Huth who has neuroblastoma.

East London Advertiser reporter Paul McSweeny also took part in the charity skydive, raising £187.20.

Miss Yagmur, from the Isle of Dogs, said: “It was exhilarating and one of the best experiences of my life. To do it for such a great cause made it even more special.

“Sean and I raised more than £220 and were still aiming to raise more which we will pass on when we get it.”

Mitchell, who lives in Hornchurch and is cared for by his mum Kristel Huth, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma - a cancerous tumour which develops from the nervous system – at just five.

It has effected his movement and has caused a tumour on the front of his head, behind his eye and gives him back ache.

Since then, Mitchell has had chemotherapy, surgery to remove the primary tumour, a second dose of chemotherapy with stem cell rescue and radiotherapy.

But Mitchell continues to relapse and is in desperate need to get the treatment he needs to beat the cancer.

Natalie Galluzzo, a friend of Mitchell’s family and organiser of the skydive, said: “It was an overwhelming experience and one of the most exhilarating in my life.

“Mitchell is a little fighter and we are in urgent need to raise money for his treatment.

“More than £150,000 is needed for a Risk Therapy treatment in Germany as soon as possible but there is always a chance of a relapse.”

For more information and to donate, visit www.bmycharity.com/MitchellHuthAppeal.

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