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Signed West Ham shirt on auction for Welling boy, 5, with leukemia

PUBLISHED: 10:59 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:13 06 September 2011

Robbie with the signed shirt

Robbie with the signed shirt

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A five-year-old boy who suffers from leukemia has donated a signed West Ham football shirt to the charity which helps him.

Robbie Hannam from Welling was diagnosed with leukaemia last July and even though he is in remission, he still has two more years of chemotherapy to go through.

A kind-hearted accountant donated the shirt signed by all the team to his Robbie’s father whom he met whilst taking a ride in his cab.

Last academic year, Robbie managed less than a dozen days at school, after having oral chemotherapy medicine given to him by his mum every night, intravenously chemotherapy every month and a lumber puncture every three months.

His mother Michelle Hannam said: “It was complete hell at the beginning. It is every mother’s nightmare. But now it is just part of life. People say to me that I am doing really well and that I am really brave but you have to get on with it.”

EllenorLions foundation, whose nurses visit Robbie’s house to take a blood sample to check that his immune system is strong enough to have chemotherapy, are now auctioning the shirt. At the time of going to press, the highest bid was £100.

Mrs Hannam said: “We would have been lost without the charity. Life would have been so much more difficult. Robbie had to have a port fitted under his skin attached to a vain and he was really distressed whenever he would go to hospital to have his blood taken. Now he has the same nurse and it has gone to it taking an hour to sometimes, minutes. And we don’t have to worry about getting a babysitter for his twin brothers.”

To make a bid for the shirt call the charity on 01322 221315 or email Tessa.Youens@ellenorlions.org

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