Six year old in cancer research clothes appeal

JPCT 12-04-12  Horsham. Six-year-old Christian Jacovides, who has been treated for leukaemia, poses in an oversized man's jacket, trousers and shoes to help highlight 'Give Up Clothes For Good', the UK's biggest clothing collection. Holding a placard urging grown-ups across Sussex to clear out their wardrobes and give up their clothes to raise �2.5m to help more children like him beat cancer. S12160008a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 12-04-12 Horsham. Six-year-old Christian Jacovides, who has been treated for leukaemia, poses in an oversized man's jacket, trousers and shoes to help highlight 'Give Up Clothes For Good', the UK's biggest clothing collection. Holding a placard urging grown-ups across Sussex to clear out their wardrobes and give up their clothes to raise �2.5m to help more children like him beat cancer. S12160008a -photo by Steve Cobb

A COURAGEOUS little boy from Horsham dressed up in his dad’s suit last week persuade people to help raise money for vital research into childhood cancers.

Six-year-old Christian Jacovides, of Woodside, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2008, is encouraging grown-ups to support Cancer Research’s Give Up Clothes for Good campaign by donating their unwanted quality clothing throughout April.

In the past few years he has spent three Christmases in hospital, undergone chemotherapy and other treatments which led to complications, including a blood clot caused by his implanted port line, infections, shingles and high temperatures many occasions.

In October his treatment finished and last week he and his family launched the campaign in Horsham which sees TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK teaming up to raise £2.5m to help beat childhood cancers.

Ilze said: “Thanks to research into children’s cancers, Christian is here today and is now living a full and happy life like any other six-year-old.

“We would urge people to go through their wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, and drop off as many unwanted goods as they can to TK Maxx stores as part of the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign.”

People can pick up special Give Up Clothes for Good bags at TK Maxx for their donations until April 30.