A five-year-old boy has been given no more than eight months to live after a fast-growing brain tumour was found in his brain when he “took a funny turn” at school.
Leo Middleton was in class on November 26 when he was taken to hospital by concerned parents Barry and Rebecca Middleton.
The family were in disbelief when just 24 hours later little Leo was diagnosed with Diffuse Instrinsic Pontine Giloma – fast-growing brain tumour – and given a life expectancy of eight months.
Leo and his family will now spend the next four to six weeks in Edinburgh while he receives radiotherapy treatment.
The Middletons were “overwhelmed” by the generosity of locals who have already donated more than £18,000 to help them make some magical memories during Leo’s remaining time.
It is thought 950 donations have already been made to help the family through the painful weeks lying ahead.
His aunt, Sarah Sim, said the whole family felt “a mixture of shock and disbelief” upon hearing the news.
She said: “We couldn’t believe it at first. You hear about things like this on TV, or happening to someone else, but you never imagine it happening to you.
Miss Sim said: “The money raised will help give Leo as many happy memories as possible, and take the financial burden off his parents so they can spend as much time as possible with him.
“At the moment it’s still raw but we’ll decide all the things we want to do with him.
“One thing his parents would like to do is take him to Disneyland with his brother and sisters.
“We’re so grateful for all the kindness and it means so much to the whole family.
“But at the same time, we wish we didn’t have to go through all this.”
Over the weekend, local football side Mintlaw Boys Club, who Leo’s older brother Caiden plays for, highlighted the fundraising drive.
A message on the club’s Facebook page said: “Leo has been extremely brave and his love of football has helped in these difficult times for the family.
“Mintlaw Boys Club would like to offer our love and support to the Middleton family and let you all know we are thinking of you all during these difficult times.”