Belper Specsavers has pledged to support a local girl to see one of her biggest wishes come true after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Eight year old Sophia Lobley suffers from Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare cancer of the lymphatic system. The condition, which Sophia is battling for the third time, sees the youngster attend chemotherapy every other week, but chances of beating the disease are very slim.

Sophia has now put together a bucket list and at the very top is a trip to Legoland. Moved by her story, Belper Specsavers will fund an overnight stay for Sophia and her family in April.

A Just Giving page has been created by Charlotte, a close family friend, so local businesses and the general public can donate money to help Sophia and her family complete the events on her wish list.

Store director, Andy McBride, said: ‘One of the team saw Sophia’s story on a local Facebook page and we decided that we wanted to help grant one of her wishes. Visiting Legoland was her number one choice so we thought it was only fitting that we send her and her family there for a well deserved break.’

Nina, Sophia’s mother, said: ‘I cannot thank Specsavers enough for funding this fantastic trip. Sophia is so excited as she has wanted to go for a while and we are all looking forward to it.’

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. This system makes up the body’s immune system which helps fight infection. ALCL is usually made up of abnormal T-cells which may build up in the body’s lymph nodes or organs such as the skin and lungs.

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