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Chefs to aid sick child with auction

PUBLISHED: 16:39 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

TWO top chefs are to help a little girl get life-saving cancer treatment through an auction.

TWO top chefs are to help a little girl get life-saving cancer treatment through an auction.

Celebrity chefs Marco Pierre White and Anton Mossiman have donated tables at their world famous restaurants for an auction next month at Sidcup Rugby Club in aid of Stella Rogers.

The two-year-old suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that has meant going to the USA to get expensive antibody treatment.

Relatives and friends from Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley and Dartford boroughs have launched a major campaign - Keep Stella Smiling - needed for the £250,000 treatment that will increase the tot's survival chances from 30 to 80 per cent.

Pierre White heard about her plight and phoned up campaign organisers to donate two tables for four at his restaurant, Marco, at Chelsea Football Club, opened in partnership with billionaire club owner Roman Abramovich.

Shops and restaurants across the region have rallied round to back the auction on Saturday, April 24 with over 50 prizes.

Stella's mother, A&E nurse Allison Hyde, now living in Canterbury, has gone to America with daughters Stella and Zoe to start the gruelling treatment.

They have raised over £43,000 so far, enough to start the drug course.

She said: "If lots of people gave just a little we can save our daughter, who has shown that she has a true fighting spirit and so wants to live.

"We are so grateful to all the many people who have made such a big difference. If it wasn't for their support it would have been difficult to get this far - and we have made it a very long way."

Tickets for the auction are £15 or £40 for a family ticket (up to two adults and three children). All tickets include a welcome drink, buffet and live entertainment.

A Sing and Swing event is also being held in the Charlotte Pub, Crayford, on March 27 from 7.30pm, supported by members from Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. For more information or to donate visit: www.forstella.org.

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