Sweet Cheryl Cole 'lends support' to 9-year-old brain tumour patient Brandon Ballance

Cheryl Cole

She may not be on The X Factor anymore but Cheryl Cole looks set on keeping her 'Nation's Sweetheart' tag for at least a while yet. The Geordie singer recently left a 9-year-old brain tumour patient overjoyed when her new charity foundation supported his fundraising efforts.

Cheryl donated a selection of signed memorabilia to nine-year-old cancer sufferer Brandon Ballance, to help him fulfil his dream of swimming with dolphins in America in a campaign started by his mum Sarah Nicholson.

“We just can’t believe it. I’m absolutely overwhelmed by it,” Sarah told the local newspaper Journal Live. “It’s amazing to think that our appeal, which started as something so small has grown beyond our expectations and the fact that a celebrity has now donated something to Brandon’s Wish Fund is just fantastic.”

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Newcastle-born Brandon was first diagnosed at the age of just two and currently depends on a tube to feed.

Sarah added: “Brandon is really looking forward to the trip and is asking every single day if it’s time to go. We are going in about five weeks, but that just seems like a lifetime to him. He’s really excited.

“I just want to thank everyone who has made a donation so far for making this possible for my little boy.”

Certainly makes a change to the £220,000 Cheryl pocketed for a charity gig last year.

For more information on the Cheryl Cole Foundation click here.

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