A nine-year-old boy who started donating Christmas gifts to children in hospital two years before battling cancer himself is surprised by a festive trip to Legoland.
Elliot Force, from Cornwall, launched Elliott’s Christmas appeal in 2018 for presents to sick children, because he “had enough gifts” and didn’t want any other children to feel “alone and sad” at Christmas.
Last year, Elliott was diagnosed with a brain tumor and after undergoing two operations to remove the tumor as well as extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he is now in recovery.
Appearing this morning, Elliott was surprised by a trip to the amusement park in Windsor, which was closed to other visitors, to turn on the Christmas lights and viewers hailed the “wonderful” moment.
Elliot Force, of Cornwall, who started donating Christmas gifts to children at the hospital two years before battling cancer himself was surprised by a festive trip to Legoland this morning.
“Elliott, what a wonderful, selfless and wonderful little kid,” said one onlooker.
Another wrote: “Bless Elliot, little one.”
A third commented, “When people like Elliott come in, it restores your faith in humanity a little bit.”
We were very lucky, it was such a big surprise. He was so stunned by it, he couldn’t believe it. His mother Samantha said: It was so amazing, such a wonderful day.
Elliott was surprised by a trip to the amusement park in Windsor, which was closed to other visitors, to turn on their Christmas lights and viewers hailed the ‘wonderful’ moment
Last year, Elliot’s parents noticed he was getting sick in the morning, and in July he became even more anxious because he wasn’t able to walk properly and had double vision.
“He started getting sick every now and then,” Samantha said on the show last year. Every couple of days he vomits and after that he is fine, and this lasted for a short time.
We took him to the GP, we thought maybe he was worried and worried about shutting down and this went on for a while. At the beginning of July he started not being able to walk properly, was really wobbly and had a lot of double vision and it was disconcerting to watch.
Elliott collapsed after returning home from a family vacation within a few hours of calling an ambulance, diagnosed with a brain tumor and taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital.
We were very lucky, it was such a big surprise. His mother Samantha said today on ITV
The eight-year-old underwent surgery to remove fluid from his brain, a second 14-hour operation to remove the primary tumor.
But right after the operation, Elliott lost the ability to walk or speak – but started speaking again at the end of last September.
When asked about her son’s condition today, Samantha said: “Things are going well, he’s back in school full time.
He keeps up with his treatments, he’s back on his friendships, he’s back to be a normal little nine-year-old, he has a unique sense of humor, and he’s doing really well.
Elliott launched Elliott’s Christmas appeal in 2018 for presents to sick children, because he “had enough gifts” and didn’t want others to grieve at Christmas.
Last year, Elliott was hospitalized with a brain tumor, and had to undergo two operations to remove the tumor
“He’s had an MRI next week and hopefully it’s all positive and clear, it’s a four month continuous cycle, but we’re used to it and one that’s going really well.”
Elliott, who in January used remaining fundraising money to provide children in need with homeschooling laptops, is keen to continue fundraising — with the goal of raising enough money to buy a caravan so children with cancer can vacation in Cornwall.
“Next year he wants to buy a caravan or something similar so we can build it somewhere in Cornwall,” Samantha said.
So kids with cancer can get off and get some rest and have a free vacation, get down and escape the chaos of tests and treatment whether it’s at the end of treatment or during treatment.
“So he’s thinking about doing cake sales and dog shows to try to raise money next year.”