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A feast of charity fun for baby Ruddi; Thousands flocked to the YMCA sports complex at Laund Hill, to enjoy a family day of delights and help raise charity cash for baby cancer sufferer Ruddi. Nick Lavigueur reports:.

A CHARITY fun day boosted the coffers of the appeal to help baby cancer victim Ruddi.

More than 2,000 people turned up in support of Ruddi to enjoy live music, games and fair rides at the YMCA at Laund Hill.

Mum Ali Jones said she expected to raise almost pounds 5,000 for Candlelighters children's cancer charity, the Sick Children's Trust and ward 10 at St James's Hospital in Leeds where Ruddi has been treated.

She said: "It's been amazing today it's absolutely packed.

"Andy Booth got knocked out of the five-a-side football tournament, but it's gone very very well."

The day of fun was extended into the evening with an auction, including a signed football donated by Andy Booth, a raffle and a disco.

Ruddi, of Lowergate, Paddock, was perfectly healthy before he started to experience problems going to the toilet when he was seven months old.

His GP treated him for constipa-tionteething problems and even asthma before Ali, who works for Cedar Court Hotel, decided to take him to hospital.

After being transferred to St James's, Ruddi was diagnosed with rhabdomysarcoma, a mystery disease with no known cause.

Only 60 children a year are diagnosed with the disease in the UK and he is the youngest person ever to have a cancerous growth of this type on his prostate gland in the UK.

His treatment has been blighted by problems. During his first session of chemotherapy he suffered liver failure and was in a critical condition for a week before recovering.

Ruddi's dad Craig Waterworth, 28, will be doing a coast-to-coast bike ride next weekend to try and raise even more cash for the Leeds hospital.

Craig will be joined by seven colleagues from Calderdale College riding from Scarborough across to Blackpool.

The 220km bike ride will take place on Saturday and Sunday. To sponsor the cyclists, visit the Calderdale Col-legwebsite: www.calderdale.ac.uk

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* CENTRE OF ATTRACTION: Cancer sufferer Ruddi with mum Ali Jones and a group of friends and family at the charity fun day for the youngster at the YMCA sports complex at Laund Hill, Salendine Nook on Saturday (PW120709Cfunday-02) * CLOSE FAMILY : Posing for the camera at the fun day (from left) Jade Jones (Ruddi's sister), Ali Jones (Ruddi's mum), Ruddi himself and Charlotte Weedon, his auntie (PW120709Cfunday-01)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2009
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