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Top designer joins bid to save sick tot

PUBLISHED: 09:47 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:30 25 August 2010

Brave: Stella Rogers

Brave: Stella Rogers

A DESIGNER honoured by Royalty whose creations are worn by top celebrities is backing a bid to help fund life-saving treatment for a toddler battling a rare cancer. Karl Donoghue, from Bromley, whose clothes have adorned the likes of Elizabeth Hurley, Ka

Karl Donoghue

A DESIGNER honoured by Royalty whose creations are worn by top celebrities is backing a bid to help fund life-saving treatment for a toddler battling a rare cancer.

Karl Donoghue, from Bromley, whose clothes have adorned the likes of Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham, was touched by the plight of two-year-old Stella Rogers.

The tot, whose mother Allison Hyde lived in Eltham and was involved with the Bob Hope Theatre, suffers from Neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer that has required her to endure punishing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a stem cell operation.

She needs pioneering antibody treatment in the USA for £250,000 before February 10, otherwise her hopes of survival are extremely slim.

Donoghue, a Harvey Nichols designer, laid on a champagne cocktail party over Christmas and guests who wanted a "Sparkling Star" cocktail, named after Stella, stuffed donations into a champagne bucket. He has pledged some items from his collection at future events to raise more money.

He said: "I have a young daughter myself. Stella is so young and so innocent, when I was told about her plight I felt it very touching.

"By spreading the word there is more possibility of touching someone's heart who can raise the funds that are so urgently needed."

Mrs Hyde, a nurse, said it was a "race against time".

She said: "We are desperate to raise the money and public awareness of this condition.

"Stella has proven that she wants to fight and wants to live because she has been so ill through the treatment but bounced back each time. Many children don't make it this far.

"I've been touched by the support we have had from people in all walks of life, mostly complete strangers."

A Valentine's Day concert is being put on by the University of Greenwich Big Band in aid of the Stella Rogers appeal.

The venue is David Fussey Lecture Theatre, in the University of Greenwich's Avery Hill Campus, in Eltham.

Tickets are free, donations made at the event, book by calling 020 8460 2116.

To donate and for information, visit www.forstella.org.

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