Birthday presents help kids in need

LOCAL grandparent Rick Abbot wanted his 70th birthday celebrations to make a positive difference.

With the help of his seven-year-old grandson Ned Potter, he managed to raise a total of $15,207 for the Little Heroes Foundation thanks to the generosity of his party guests.

He asked for donations, sold raffle tickets and put on an auction to support the organisation which has helped his family in many ways.

Ned is a "little hero" after he fought leukaemia for three years.

Thankfully, he is now in remission but recognises that other children aren't so lucky.

He helped to organise the party and sent out invites in which he shared a touching message.

"In 2008, when I was a baby, I got leukaemia and had chemotherapy for three years," he wrote.

"I didn't feel very good but now I'm seven and in remission so they call me a cancer survivor.

"The Little Heroes Foundation was very kind to me while I was sick, and they still help me all the time. 

"There are lots of other kids with cancer and life threatening illnesses and they help them too, so I reckon they are pretty good.

"My grandpa is Rick Abbot and he has helped me raise money for Little Heroes Foundation before. 

"It's his 70th birthday soon and he told me he doesn't want any presents but he wants everybody to help me raise some more money for them."

The Little Heroes Foundation raises funds for essential equipment and services accessed by thousands of seriously ill children and their families.

It has raised more than $13 million for lifesaving facilities at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital, and has provided daily support to families around Australia through the Little Heroes Care program.