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Will Bayley on how doctors saved his life when he was 7 – and calls on readers to back our Quids for Kids campaign

PARALYMPIAN Will Bayley last night called on YOU to dig deep for our Quids For Kids campaign — after telling how doctors at Great Ormond Street saved his life when he was seven.

And joining him in his plea are the parents of Lily Weeks, who spent last Christmas in hospital with leukaemia.

As a lad, table-tennis champ Will had chemotherapy for blood cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was treated for genetic condition arthrogryposis — which caused curvatures in both his hands and feet.

Recalling the moment he told his mum he was too tired to continue the treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, Will, 31, said: “I asked her if I’d die if I stopped and she said, ‘yes’.

“I know how the children in hospital or who are having treatment this Christmas will be feeling.

“You just want to be normal. You don’t want to be in isolation or being sick or feeling horrendous.

“That’s why it’s so important that readers get behind this campaign.”

Will, who was forced to pull out of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing after injuring his knee, is urging you, our army of readers, to dig out some of the £1BILLION in change lying untouched in our pockets and down the backs of sofas, as well as £20MILLION in loose change that is thrown away each year for our FINAL WEEK of collections across Britain.

HOW TO DONATE

DONATE CASH: For the next three weeks you can donate spare change to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity at every Premier Inn hotel and McColl’s newsagent.

DONATE ONLINE: If you don’t have any spare change to hand you can donate online at justgiving.com/campaign/QuidsForKids

DONATE BY TEXT: Follow these simple steps...

To donate £1, text KIDSQUIDS to 70201

To donate £3, text KIDSQUIDS to 70331

To donate £5, text KIDSQUIDS to 70970

To donate £10, text KIDSQUIDS to 70191

* Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating as DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates).

For Terms & Conditions, see www.easydonate.org

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, University Hospitals Birmingham Charity and the Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation in Newcastle upon Tyne will all benefit from Quids For Kids.

It aims to cheer up unwell children with treats as well as fund pioneering research and treatments.

Great Ormond Street medics saved the life of Lily, nine, last Christmas after she developed acute myeloid leukaemia. She now has the all clear and her mum Sam, of Purleigh, Essex, said last night: “As a family, we’re asking The Sun on Sunday’s millions of readers to dig deep and make a difference to so many children this Christmas.”

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