KIND-hearted members of the public touched by the plight of cancer battler Freddie Thompson have raised more than £80,000 to help fund pioneering treatment.

The Thompson family of Ampleforth are trying to raise £250,000 to send three-year-old Freddie to America for treatment that could reduce the chances of his potentially fatal cancer returning.

Freddie was diagnosed with aggressive Neuroblastoma last summer and although he has undergone surgery and subsequent treatment, it has a high chance of returning.

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The Thompsons; Philip, Oscar, Freddie and Emily

A treatment being developed in the USA could improve Freddie’s life chances but it will cost the family £250,000.

Freddie’s parents Emily and Philip launched the ‘Freddie’s Fight’ fundraising campaign a month ago and the community has fully embraced the cause.

The family has links to Thirsk and a multitude of successful fundraising events have been held.

These include a mini music festival at the George and Dragon in Melmerby at the weekend which raised an impressive £3,057.

There have also been coffee mornings, school non-uniform days and other special events which have all helped raise around £83,000 so far.

A pop-up clothes shop in Thirsk is currently running at the former Chocolate Box on Market Place all this week.

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Fundraisers at the pop-up shop in Thirsk

Within two days it had raised around £4,000 and one of the organisers, Heather Ellison-Jones, said: “It has gone really well so far and we have got tonnes of absolutely gorgeous things on offer.

“We were going to sell children’s, men’s and womenswear but we were so inundated we could only fit womenswear this week.

“We have had shops donate completely brand new items that are old stock - lovely underwear and things worth £50 that we are selling for £5.”

Ms Ellison-Jones, who thanked Herriot Hospice Homecare for their help in organising the sale, said Freddie’s Fight was a cause that the Thirsk community has taken to its heart.

She said: “We are quite a small community in Thirsk and I think it is just such a heart-wrenching story that people just want to do what they can to help.”

Donations can be made via the Freddie’s Fight facebook page.