Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Special Day in Store for Holly

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Special Day in Store for Holly

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BRAVE leukaemia battler Holly Toner-Gowland became a celebrity for the day at the grand opening of a new-look store.

The four-year-old, who was diagnosed with leukaemia just before her birthday last May and is now in remission, was glowing as she cut the ribbon at the Body Shop in Middlesbrough.

The shop is supporting Hope for Holly, a charity set up by Holly's parents Andy, 33, and Lucy, 32, following their little girl's gruelling treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle.

The Marton couple have already raised more than PS30,000 to support other children and families at the RVI and the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Lucy said Holly, a 'girly-girl' who wanted to wear lipstick for the event, but was given a firm "no" from mum, is doing "really well".

"She went onto maintenance chemotherapy in January and since then she's been absolutely brilliant," Lucy said.

"She's basically back to her old self and how she was a year ago. …

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