Seven year-old Robert Blackbourn has recently completed 40 months of treatment after being diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2010

Boy in remission raises £4k for children's wards

Robert with his hand-made Acorn ward banner

Father, Craig, with his seven year-old son Robert who has raised £4,000

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A boy who has spent half his lifetime battling cancer is to donate dozens of gifts and thousands of pounds to two children's wards. 

Robert Blackbourn, of Meadow Close in Chingford, is finally on the road to recovery after under-going 40 months of chemotherapy. 

The seven year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in September 2010 after complaining to his parents about a continued pain to his hip following a fall. 

He was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital by his mother, Karen, and father, Craig, where they heard the heart-breaking news following a five hour wait for blood test results. 

"Nothing on this earth can possibly prepare you for the words the nurse delivered, 'your child has leukaemia,'"said the 38 year-old father. 

Within a few hours Robert was transferred straight to Great Ormond St for immediate treatment, where he would spend the next three years and four months travelling back and fourth from the children's Acorn ward at Whipps Cross Hospital.

The Yardley Primary School pupil, of Hawkwood Crescent in Chingford, finished his intense course of treatment in January and is currently in complete remission. 

To celebrate the recovery and his recent birthday on May 17, an end of treatment party was held at Chingford Masonic Hall in Forest Approach on Sunday. 

Over 180 family members, friends, nurses, and teachers turned up to the event where a generous amount of gifts were donated for a raffle draw, and to be given to the threatened Acorn ward.

Several businesses along Station Road in Chingford including Mustard & Co, Tash Barbers, The Wine Factor, Virgo, The Bloom Room, Truly Scrumptious and Belgique made donations including dozens more. 

Robert has so far raised £4,071 which will be split between the two hospitals, and he will be donating a flat screen television and dvd player to suffering children at the Leytonstone ward. 

He said: "It was a really good party and I wanted to do this because they've looked after me while I was unwell."

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