TEN-year-old leukaemia sufferer Michael Fogarty has continued to make an outstanding recovery from the disease.

He has just started at Hurworth House School and is getting back into the sports he has always loved, which include rugby and football.

The youngster, from Hurworth, Darlington, was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was seven, and underwent ten months of chemotherapy, before he had a bone marrow transplant in 2001.

Since then, he has been in remission.

His mother, Judith, who will give a talk about her family's experiences of leukaemia to Darlington Lioness Club, is thrilled with her son's recovery.

She said: "He still sees his specialist at the RVI in Newcastle every two months, but he is very happy with his progress.

"He will probably have to take penicillin for the rest of his life, but that is nothing when you consider what he's been through.

"Michael is really enjoying school, and is playing lots of sport, as much rugby as he can.

"Physically he is just about 100 per cent now.

"Before, he did not have the ability to run around with all the other kids, but he pushed and pushed and fought and fought, and if you saw him, you would never know he had been through all that. He is just like any other child, full of energy."

Mrs Fogarty will give her talk to the club at Blackwell Grange Golf Club on Monday, October 13, at 8pm.

The club is raising money for Leukaemia Research this year and has supported Michael during his chemotherapy.

* The Lioness Club is holding a Christmas craft fair at Blackwell Grange Hotel on October 26, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £1, children free.