Sam’s family prepares for intensive chemotherapy in the Royal Hospital

Some members of the Ballenaleck Communtiy Group, who are organising a  5K Fun run/Walk and Family Fun Day to raise funds for young sam Bradley whose family lives in the area.

Some members of the Belnaleck Communtiy Group, who are organising a 5K Fun run/Walk and Family Fun Day to raise funds for young sam Bradley whose family lives in the area.

HUNDREDS of people crowded into the Atrium at Blakes of the Hollow on Saturday night to listen to some of the best local bands and musicians who were ‘Singing for Sam’.

The charity gig raised a fantastic £2789 for the Sam Bradley Care Fund and everyone who attended enjoyed the gig, including Sam’s parent’s Colm and Michelle, who got a chance last week to come home to Fermanagh for a few days before heading back up to Belfast on Monday.


Twenty-two month old Sam is fighting a rare and aggressive cancer and this week he and his family are preparing for the intensive chemotherapy, which is due to start on Sunday.

“A number of Sam’s tests had to be cancelled last week so they are happening this week” said Colm explaining the tests are to give the doctors a baseline for the chemo, which is to start on Sunday.

Asked how Sam is Colm said he is fine at the moment, with plenty of energy and people all week have been commented on how well he’s looking.

“People have been saying Sam’s looking well which is nice in one way but hard in another because we know the treatment he’s going to have will make him very sick.”

“We know the coming weeks (4-5 at least) are going to be a tough time so it was nice to have a bit of normality last week getting down to Fermanagh from last Wednesday to Monday” continued Colm.

Colm said they have been told this is going to be the toughest stage of Sam’s treatment psychologically.

“One of us (myself or Michelle) has to be with him the whole time he’s going through the treatment. We are planning to do 24 hours at a time each – from 11am to 11am the following day. We know it’s going to be tough but it has to be done – to have one of us with him all the time.


As fund-raising continues for the Sam Bradley Care Fund one of the more unusual fund-raising events which has taken place was a charity skip

Every year Enniskillen Boxing Club does a Skipathon for a local charity. This year Shane Curran and his colleagues skipped for three hours in aid of the Sam Bradley Care Fund Trust.

They raised over £1,000 from the charity skip.

Belnaleck, the Bradleys home village, are also organising a charity walk in aid of Sam.
Young and old will be stepping it out together June 8.

The Fermanagh Herald is linking up with Blakes of the Hollow to organise a table quiz for Sam on Thursday June 6.

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