The mother of a teenager who tragically died weeks before his 18th birthday has said she is overwhelmed by the phenomenal support her family has received from the local community.

Nikki Treharne lost her son Ethan in 2021, three years after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer aged just 15.

As the family rushed to begin treatment for Ethan, the community of Sandhurst rallied in support of the Treharnes who are well known in the area.

Nikki said: “The whole family has been integrated into this community since our kids were little and my husband ran the football team so we’ve been living here for a long time.

“Over the past two years, the support from the local community has been phenomenal. I don’t think I could have done it as a family without their support.

“The community of Sandhurst and surrounding areas, what the people have given us simply means the world. There is no way we could have done all the fundraising and all the hundreds of thousands of pounds we raised for his treatment. And now to continue to support us.

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Sellebrity Soccer, in partnership with the family, has organized a celebrity soccer game and fundraiser to take place on Sunday, January 29, on what would have been Ethan’s 19th birthday.

The celebrity fundraising event returns after it was first hosted in October 2021 to support Ethan through his treatment. Following the teenager’s death a few weeks later in November 2021, it is hoped the event can raise funds in Ethan’s memory to help others facing the same battle.

In addition to the participation of the 15 celebrities who are participating, Sandhurst, Crowthorne and people from the surrounding area have banded together to provide ongoing fundraising support for the family.

Nikki added, “We have over 100 raffle prizes for the event donated by community members and hundreds of tickets have already been sold.

“It shows you how supportive the community is in our fight to keep their name alive and help others who are battling the same form of cancer.

“It shows how wonderful the community is. There’s no way I could have done it without them.

Ethan’s 16-year-old brother Finley and 13-year-old sister Martha, who both attend Sandhurst School, also joined in the fundraising efforts.

Mum Nikki added: “I had such support from the school in Sandhurst where Ethan went. Through his treatment and now as a result of any grief and issues that any of the children might have.

“Finley is taking his GCSE this year so the support they have given me since then and after Ethan passed away has also been amazing.”

The family said they are looking forward to the charity football game and seeing the whole community come out to support the players and such an amazing cause.

Tickets at sellbritysoccer.org.uk/upcoming-matches-tickets for the Sellebrity football match.



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