THE sheer torrent of support to raise more than £250,000 for Freddie Thompson has been phenomenal.

Extremely young three-year-old Freddie, who is from Ampleforth, has had the trauma of going through treatments to manage his aggressive stage four neuroblastoma.

His family have campaigned long and hard over the last six months, to pool enough money to send him to New York for a 'bivalent vaccination', which is hoped can reduce his chances of a relapse from 50 percent to a more comfortable, 10 percent.

And as any family would have been, Freddie's have not dropped the ball giving him the best chance in life, and setting up their 'Freddie's Fight' charity campaign.

Thousands of people have got behind Freddie from the start.

Stories of support in the form of cake sales, sponsored silences, sponsored skydives and even a Coast to Coast to name a few, gained momentum in the days after Freddie's battle came to light and did not stop.

We kept our fingers, and toes crossed that everyone's efforts would pay off, but this was looking more and more likely as the fundraising pot grew bigger by the thousands.

The worry for many families, who may find themselves in a similar position, is that the launch of any campaign to raise money for an often incredibly expensive treatment does not always gain the traction it needs.

There has been countless campaigns fail which is always distressing to see, but it's been fantastic to hear stories of sheer generosity and selflessness in aid of Freddie.

We are all extremely pleased to see Freddie reach his target, and we hope for the next stage in his treatment will help this brave little boy.