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£8k raised for Swansea teen battling cancer

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Gunner, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour was on hand when Mumbles RFC U15s presented a cheque to Latch, the Welsh Children's Cancer Charity for just under £8,500.

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Gunner, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour was on hand when Mumbles RFC U15s presented a cheque to Latch, the Welsh Children's Cancer Charity for just under £8,500.

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MORE than £8,000 has been raised for a 15-year-old Swansea boy who is battling cancer.

Dylan Gunner was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August 2012 and is currently going through gruelling treatment.

After hearing about Dylan's cancer diagnosis Mumbles RFC under-15s decided to spend a year raising money for Latch, the Welsh Children's Cancer Charity.

Dylan had been playing for the rugby team since he was six and although he can't play anymore, enjoys keeping an eye on the blog to find out how they do in matches.

Chris Founds, Mumbles under-15s coach, said over the past year the team had organised numerous activities such as a sponsored walk, a gentleman's sinner and a Christmas party in order to raise money.

He said: "The support from the local village businesses and residents to this fundraising was fantastic, with many of the local restaurants and shops providing great prizes for raffles and auctions to the events."

The year of fundraising finished with a charity parent v son game followed by an get together at the Beaufort Arms in Norton where Dylan presented the cheque to Paul Wilkins, a trustee from Latch.

Dylan was then presented with the Little Star award he had been given from the Cancer Research charity for his courage and bravery throughout his treatment.

Mr Founds said: "Having never heard of the charity prior to Dylan's diagnosis, I am very proud to have played a part in raising the money for such a worthwhile cause and for raising awareness of it in the Mumbles area.

"Dylan is still very ill but is a fighter and we are all very proud of him."

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