A nine-year-old boy who started giving his Christmas presents to children in hospital two years before he battled cancer himself was surprised with a festive trip to Legoland.
Elliott Furse, from Cornwall, launched Elliott’s Christmas Appeal in 2018 to give presents to sick children because he “had enough presents” and didn’t want other children to be “lonely and sad” at Christmas.
Last year, Elliott was diagnosed with a brain tumor and after two surgeries to remove the tumor, as well as intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he is now in remission.
Elliott appeared on This Morning and was surprised with a trip to the theme park in Windsor, which was closed to other visitors, to turn on the Christmas lights and viewers hailed the moment as “cute.”
Elliott Furse, from Cornwall, who started giving his Christmas presents to children in hospital two years before battling cancer himself, was surprised today with a celebratory trip to Legoland on This Morning today.
“Elliot what a wonderful, selfless, beautiful little boy you are,” said one viewer.
“Oh, bless little Elliot,” wrote another.
A third commented, “When people like Elliot come along, it kind of restores your faith in humanity.”
‘We were so lucky, it was such a surprise; he was just so blown away by it, he couldn’t believe it. It was so incredible, such an incredible day,” said his mother Samantha.
Elliott was surprised with a trip to the theme park in Windsor, which was closed to other visitors, to turn on their Christmas lights and viewers greeted the moment ‘adorably’
Last year, Elliot’s parents noticed he got sick in the morning, and in July they were more concerned because he couldn’t walk properly and had double vision.
“He started to get sick every now and then,” Samantha said on the show last year. “Every few mornings he would throw up and then he would be fine, and this went on for a while.
“We took him to the GP, we thought maybe it was fear and worry about the lockdown and this went on for a while. At the beginning of July he started to not walk well, he was very wobbly and a lot of double vision and it was worrisome to see.’
Elliot collapsed after returning from a family holiday within hours of calling an ambulance. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital.
‘We were so lucky, it was such a surprise; he was just so blown away by it couldn’t believe it it was so unbelievable such an unbelievable day” his mum samantha said on the iTV show today
The then eight-year-old underwent surgery to remove fluid from his brain, a second 14-hour procedure to remove the main tumor.
Right after surgery, however, Elliot lost the ability to walk or talk — but started talking again in late September.
When asked how her son is doing today, Samantha said, “It’s going well, he’s back at school full-time.
“He’s keeping up with his therapies, he’s made friends again and he’s back to being a regular nine-year-old boy, he’s got a unique sense of humor that gets him through it, he’s doing really well.
Elliot launched Elliott’s Christmas Appeal in 2018 to give presents to sick children, because he had ‘enough presents’ and didn’t want others to be sad at Christmas
Last year, Elliott was rushed to hospital with a brain tumor and had to undergo two surgeries to remove the tumor.
“Next week he has an MRI. Hopefully that’s all positive and clear, it’s a steady four month cycle but one that we’re getting used to and one that’s going really well.”
Elliot, who used the leftover money to provide homeschooling children in need with laptops in January, is keen to continue raising money to raise enough money to buy a caravan so children with cancer can holiday in Cornwall .
“Next year he wants to buy a caravan or something like that so we can put it somewhere in Cornwall,” says Samantha.
“For example, children with cancer can come down and get a rest and have a free vacation, come down and escape the chaos of tests and treatments, whether that’s at the end of treatment or during treatment.”
“So he’s thinking about selling pies and doing dog shows next year to raise money.”