THE campaign to raise a significant amount of money for a three-year-old boy who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer is nearing its target amount.

The campaign group Freddie's Fight, which is made up of the family and friends of Freddie Thompson from Ampleforth in North Yorkshire, have been fundraising since February.

Towards the end of last year, Freddie was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma.

Since then, Freddie's Fight, has tried to raise around £250,000 in donations to pay for a potentially life-saving vaccine.

On April 11, members of Freddie's Fight reopened the Co-op in Thirsk following donations by store staff, whilst a Thirsk-schoolgirl recently completed a sponsored silence.

However, around £175,000 has now been raised, meaning the family only need to raise a further £75,000 to achieve their goal.

A Freddie's Fight spokesperson said: "There are just no words to express how grateful we are.

"It's times like this that our faith is restored in people.

"This community has a huge heart and you should all be so proud of what you've achieved so far – it's all down to you. Thank you."

An update from Freddie's Fight member Helen Ward earlier this month revealed that Freddie had to recently undergo a blood transfusion.