Ex-world boxing champion aids Ruislip girl's fight against cancer

8 year-old Jess with the Mayor of Hillingdon at a recent event organised to help her campaign 8 year-old Jess with the Mayor of Hillingdon at a recent event organised to help her campaign

A former world boxing champion is the latest sporting star to support a young Ruislip girl as she battles cancer for the fourth time.

Jess Shepherd, 9, a Harefield Primary School pupil, can't get the treatment she needs to beat Boris – the name she's given her tumour – in the UK. Her family is trying to raise £300,000 so she can go to the USA for therapy.

This Saturday coming, another major event in her fight with the illness takes place – Jess's Jinglebell Ball - with former World Light Heavyweight Champion John Conteh a star name set to attend.

Mr Conteh, a Northwood resident, will be signing photos in exchange for a donation to the fund.

The event, featuring a range of music, comedy and other entertainment, is being hosted by Harefield Cricket Club.

See tweets below for more details and how to get tickets.

Jess, pictured below right, is suffering from a rare form of childhood cancer for the fourth time.

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See all of the coverage on Jess's campaign here.

Jess has been fighting a rare childhood cancer on and off since she was three. Although it went into remission spontaneously, she suffered the first relapse on 28 December 2013.

Her gran Louise Dillon Walker, recently told Hillingdon is Here that the community's support “chokes her up”.
The family have been surprised at the amount of events and money raised from residents so far.

Various fundraisers have taken place, including a special charity football game, featuring ex-professionals, at Harefield Football Club. Its chairman Gary South also organised a music festival.

Louise said: “I wasn’t expecting this, I must admit. We thought maybe there would be a couple of bake sales. But no, Harefield has been absolutely brilliant and this is what a village is - totally amazing.”

Danielle White, Jess's mother, has called the support from the community as “ridiculously overwhelming”.

Jess named her tumour Boris and thereafter the Help Jess Beat Boris campaign sprung into action.

More details of the JingleBell Ball below thanks to Mel Dazley

She recently met Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP Boris Johnson, pictured below.

Click here for more on Jess's story and what her family recently told Hillingdon is Here.

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Jess met MP Boris Johnson at the civic centre earlier this year

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