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Melanie Hill shows her support for the Toma Fund

By Sarah Scott, ChronicleLive

1364 days ago   Article ID# 1479034
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TYNE, U K (ChronicleLive) - Bread actress Melanie Hill has become a new patron for a Tyneside children’s cancer charity.

Sunderland-born Melanie has just been named as a patron for the Toma Fund, a charity set up in memory of West Denton youngster Jordan Thompson.

Melanie, who is currently appearing in BBC’s Waterloo Road, met up with Toma Fund founder Andrea Thompson for the first time yesterday to hear all about the work the children’s cancer charity does in the area.

Andrea, who set up the charity with husband Dave after they lost their son Jordan to acute myeloid leukaemia in September 2007, said she was delighted to be meeting Melanie to tell her about the charity.

“She was so lovely, and I felt as if I had known her for years,” said 42-year-old Andrea from West Denton, Newcastle.

“She knew about the charity. but she was very interested in hearing about it from me, and what is going on and what exactly we do.

“It was a pleasure to meet her and it is something she really wants to help with.”

The Toma Fund is dedicated to the memory of Jordan and cousin Sophie Atay, who both tragically died from childhood cancers before they ever met each other.

The charity was set up by Jordan’s parents Andrea and Dave after the 15-year-old lost his 19-month battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Sophie, who died of Neuroblastoma in March 2010 at the age of two, recently become a part of the charity after her mum Karine and Andrea discovered they were sisters.

To find out more about the Toma Fund and how you can support them, visit www.tomafund.org

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Updated 1364 days ago   Article ID# 1479034

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