Charity’s joy over ‘Secret’ donation

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A LOCAL charity has received a gift of a state-of-the-art website from a ‘secret millionaire’ - thanks to a television programme.

Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) will feature in a special Channel 4 programme titled ‘Secret Millionaire Changed My Life’, which is being aired on December 19.

The programme follows Cardiff millionaire Paul Ragan, who first appeared as the secret millionaire in May.

In that programme, he gifted Derby boy Lewis Mighty, who has aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma, with £50,000 towards his appeal. He needs to raise £300,000 for treatment in America.

Lewis is one of the FAN children and the charity is trying to help the Mighty family raise funds for his appeal.

Charity founder Linza Corp, who lives in Elm and lost her own son, Max, to the disease last year, said she was amazed when Channel 4 called her and said they would like to do a follow-up programme.

She said: “Channel 4 said it was the most popular Secret Millionaire, ratings-wise, they had ever shown. People had been asking about Lewis, wanting to know what had happened to him.”

Linza was happy to oblige when the television network said they would like to focus on the charity that supported the family.

They went to Derby and spent the day at a hotel with some of the FAN families and Paul. She said he spent a lot of time talking about the charity and seemed really interested in the work we do.

“I thought the millionaire was going to give Lewis the rest of the money to go to America,” she said. “But then, when we got everyone together for the ‘reveal’, he said he wanted to build a website and help us to go from a small charity to a mainstream charity.

“He admired everything we were trying to do and said there’s no other charity like it. He recognised we are the only source of help for these families and wanted to do everything he could to make the charity function as well as it could.”

Work on the website has been on-going since the filming and they are hoping to make it live on the night the programme airs.

In addition to the new website, FAN will be having leaflets printed. Linza is hoping they will be able to work with CLIC Sargent, which cares for children and young people with cancer, so families will get their leaflet at diagnosis.

“Paul Ragan is a really nice guy who wants to do good with his money and I’m quite happy to be involved with it,” Linza said.

• ‘Secret Millionaire Changed My Life’ is on Channel 4 on Sunday, December 19, at 9pm.