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Five-figure helping hand for stricken Jimmy

By Grant Milne

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A crowdfunding campaign to help support a young footballer who was diagnosed with leukemia is set to break the £10,000 mark.

Nine-year-old Jimmy Griffin, who plays for Mintlaw Boys Club, was told he had the devasting illness earlier this month.

A JustGiving page was set up to try and provide financial support to the youngster's family as he receives treatment at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

The online donation platform has now reached more than £8300 in just over a fortnight, with external modes of fundraising coming in the shape of raffle competitions, alongside a £100 donation from Formartine United YFC following a recent game between the clubs.

A charity cycle has been planned for next month involving players from the town's local welfare side alongside Jimmy's teammates, while Mintlaw Boys Club's 2012 side are taking part in a sponsored walk up Bennachie on Sunday, November 3.

Jimmy's father Stuart coaches the club's 2010 team, while mother Nicola is also part of the committee.

A club spokesperson said: “Jimmy is nine-years-old, he is football daft and is a very popular and committed member of the team.

“Jimmy is a larger than life character and is full of fun. He is always at the centre of fun and antics and always has a cheeky smile.

“Jimmy is just your typical nine-year-old boy who is well loved amongst friends and family.

“The 2010 team would like to help provide support by raising funds to assist the Griffin family as Jimmy will have frequent periods in and around hospital.

“Spending time in hospital can be emotionally, physically and financially draining and Jimmy's fellow team mates would like to show their support by doing a 10-mile cycle to help raise some funds.”

The JustGiving page can be accessed via Mintlaw Boys Club's Facebook channel.

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