Brave Staveley tumour teen in charity fight back

Pictured is teenager Thomas Hardwick receiving a �500 cheque from SCA site operations manager Andy Lawton, with George Placogiannakis, left, and Thomas's dad Mark Hardwick, right.
Pictured is teenager Thomas Hardwick receiving a �500 cheque from SCA site operations manager Andy Lawton, with George Placogiannakis, left, and Thomas's dad Mark Hardwick, right.

A brave teenager who is living life to the full despite battling with an inoperable brain tumour has raised nearly £1,000 for a cancer charity.

Thomas Hardwick, 16, of Damson Croft, Hollingwood, overcame ten hours of surgery more than two years ago to remove one brain tumour but he has had to undergo continuous scans to monitor another which is positioned too deeply for surgery.

The former Netherthorpe School pupil has gone on to Sheffield College where he is studying animal welfare and as part of a National Citizenship Course he has raised nearly £1,000 including a donation from Chesterfield’s SCA mill for the Brainstrust charity.

His father Mark, who works at SCA tissue makers, said: “We couldn’t be more proud. He’s being closely monitored and he’s not had a seizure in over two years and even though he gets tired he’s not sitting back.”

Thomas was diagnosed with epilepsy and the tumours were discovered after he went for an MRI scan. His fundraising included a sponsored walk and a car boot sale. Thomas will present his donation to the Brainstrust during a ceremony on Friday, at the Winding Wheel, in Chesterfield.

Generous Chesterfield tissue makers SCA, Goytside Road, donated £500 towards Thomas Hardwick’s appeal for the Brainstrust charity.

Site manager George Placogiannakis said: “Thomas is a very courageous young man and his effort to help others is a real inspiration. We were very proud to show him our support.”

The Brainstrust charity helps brain tumour sufferers to develop resilience and get the most out of resources.