A group of teenagers are pulling together to raise money for their sick classmate’s life-saving treatment.
Students at Lord Williams’s Upper School are rallying around Nathanael Armstrong – known as Nat – who suffers from a life-threatening condition which means he is allergic to all sugars and proteins.
The determined youngsters have organised cake sales, skydives and even a ‘wakeover’ – which involved staying awake all night – to do their bit towards funding the expensive desensitisation treatment Nat undergoes weekly at the cost of £1,700.
The treatment is currently not available on the NHS so Nat’s grandparents Bob and Jacqueline are meeting the cost each week, and are bowled over by the response Nat’s plight have received.
Bob, 68, said: “They do more than just raise money – they raise Nat’s spirits. We don’t think people understand just how big an impact they’re having. We are eternally grateful.”
The popular 16-year-old was one of the country’s most gifted swimmers at the age of nine, but by 14 he was diagnosed with the rare allergy and placed on a liquid diet, meaning he wasn’t strong enough to compete.
The talented musician was recently told his treatment and condition has conspired to produce an infection of candidiasis.
The yeast-type infection is rampant throughout Nat’s body, organs and blood and he’s been told the devastating news that his system is on the point of collapse.
Nat, who lives with his grandparents in Hunt Road, Thame, said: “I’m finding it difficult to tell people how much it all means to me. It’s not just the money, but caring – that is what really matters.”
For more information and to donate, visit the website at www.help4nat.co.uk.