Footballer and wife donate to Sadie Rose

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PREMIERSHIP footballer Peter Crouch and his wife, Abbey Clancy, have backed a campaign to raise thousands of pounds to help a two-year-old cancer sufferer from Knaresborough to undergo pioneering treatment in America.

Relatives of Sadie Rose Clifford, who has been diagnosed with the aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma, were dealt a major blow last month after discovering the cost of the treatment will be double what they had anticipated and could be as much as £500,000.

So far, generous-hearted people from across the district have raised around £80,000 - helped by a joint campaign between the Knaresborough Post and Harrogate Advertiser and Stray FM.

The Stoke City striker and his wife have now donated £5,000 themselves and also pledged to help with fundraising after Sadie Rose’s mother, Katie Clifford, got in touch with Clancy on social networking site Twitter.

The model and presenter had an emotional hour-long telephone conversation with Katie Clifford, and is now looking to recruit the support of other high-profile footballers including Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.

Katie also revealed that she and her husband, Darren, a self-employed joiner, are hoping to fly out to New York with their daughter for treatment early in the new year.

Mum Katie said: “To have Abbey and Peter on board is amazing, and it has all been a little surreal. But we still need to raise an awful lot more money.”

About 100 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year in Britain. First diagnosed in October, 2010, Sadie Rose has undergone continuous treatment and following a major operation two months ago to remove a brain tumour, it is hoped she will now be able to get to the USA in 2012.

For more information about how you can donate to help Sadie Rose, visit www.sadierosecliffordappeal.co.uk.