Search

‘Joni’s army’ are getting stronger by the day, says grandmother of seven-year-old Hornchurch girl battling cancer

PUBLISHED: 12:38 10 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:45 10 April 2014

Joni-Mai Stevens

Joni-Mai Stevens

Archant

The grandmother of a young Hornchurch girl who is fighting cancer for the second time has praised ‘Joni’s army’, the people who have come forward to help raise money for her treatment.

Joni's grandmother has been making personalised t-shirts to raise money for Joni's treatmentJoni's grandmother has been making personalised t-shirts to raise money for Joni's treatment

Trish Walsh, grandmother of Joni-Mai Stevens, said: “Joni is a very special child, she seems to touch the heart of everyone that meets her. She is gentle and polite and just seems to get on with it.

“My heart? It’s broken. There are no other words to describe it”.

Trish said that when Joni was diagnosed with relapsed ewing’s sarcoma, it was devastating.

She said that the hard work of people holding fundraising events for Joni such as Laura Cull, who held a Run for Joni event in Harrow Lodge Park, Rita O’Leary, who organised a fundraising party at Harold Hill community centre and Laura Mcbride, who will be holding a charity fashion show, has helped.

Rita O'Leary, who organised a fundraising event for Joni, and her family show their support by wearing their 'Joni's army t-shirts'Rita O'Leary, who organised a fundraising event for Joni, and her family show their support by wearing their 'Joni's army t-shirts'

“So that’s where Joni’s army comes in! It’s getting bigger by the week. Joni’s army are there to help, they are there to fight for her,” Trish explained.

“We have been blessed. These people are reaching out to us and donating time, energy and money to help a little sick girl with a beautiful smile and they haven’t even met her! That is amazing. To me it’s magical”.

“I feel now that Joni’s story is getting out there and collectively we all can do something to give Joni a better chance. We can not allow this cancer to win”.

Trish has been making personalised t- shirts which read “Joni’s army are ready to fight- are you?”. They cost £6 and all proceeds will go towards raising money for specialist and potentially life saving treatment overseas.

To buy one please visit www.joni-mai.co.uk.

For more information about Joni- Mai and for other fundraisers, click the link on the right.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

15:00

A fairytale land thrown into chaos when its good-evil equilibrium is disturbed is the subject of an inclusive drama group’s latest show.

12:00

The list of names which Barry Cryer has written jokes for reads like a who’s who of comedy greats.

10:00

In 1922 protesters seized Romford’s workhouse in anger at growing poverty. Prof Ged Martin tells us more

Yesterday, 18:00

X Factor star and TV personality Stacey Solomon has visited patients and staff at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, after donating £17,000 to the hospital’s charity.

Yesterday, 17:34

The Dualers have been announced this week as the second headline act for the Havering Show.

Yesterday, 15:20

A man who knifed a much-loved teenager 11 times in the head, chest, arms and legs within metres of a primary school was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment today.

Yesterday, 13:51

A mum-of-three who cites love as her biggest source of inspiration has launched a jewellery design brand named after her children.

Yesterday, 12:09

IVF treatment, boob jobs and weight loss surgery are some of the NHS treatments that could be axed in the borough to save £55million under new proposals.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now