Brave Agatha King raises more than £4k for cancer charities

Agatha with MP Willie Rennie and her mother Karen King.

Agatha with MP Willie Rennie and her mother Karen King.

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A brave five-year-old girl fighting cancer has raised more than £4,000 for charity since she was diagnosed.

Kindhearted primary one pupil Agatha King, also asked for donations to be given a local hospital instead of birthday presents last year.

Agatha has been chosen as a local hero by her MP Willie Rennie.

Agatha has been chosen as a local hero by her MP Willie Rennie.

Agatha, from Cupar in Fife, is now thrilled as she has been invited to the opening of Scottish Parliament on Saturday as a ‘local hero’ - where she will be guest of her local MP Willie Rennie.

The schoolgirl, who was recently hospitalised with a collapsed lung and pneumonia after contracting chickenpox, has said she hopes to meet the Queen, who will officially open the new session.

Agatha was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February last year and has been receiving treatment at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

When she was told she had cancer, Agatha donated her long blonde hair to The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who lose their hair during cancer treatment.

Willie Rennie with Agatha and her mother Karen King.

Willie Rennie with Agatha and her mother Karen King.

She has been fundraising ever since and has raised more than £4,000 for the Little Princess Trust and childhood cancer charity Cclasp.

As well as donating her birthday presents, Agatha also collected a further four large boxes of toys with the help of her school, to donate to Ninewells Hospital.

Agatha’s mum, Karen, said: “She is very proud and excited to be nominated and is really hoping she gets to see the Queen.

“We’ve had a really dreadful month. Agatha contracted chickenpox and was admitted to hospital. She also caught strep A and this lead to more antibiotics but also caused high blood pressure and low heart rate.

“Her little body couldn’t cope and she had a massive seizure and was incubated and sedated. She was transferred to Edinburgh and also diagnosed with partial collapsed lung and pneumonia. So she’s had a very tough time.

“Agatha’s been unable to return to school because there are still lots of cases of chicken pox about, so this is something really lovely to look forward too.”

You can donate to Agatha’s fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Karen-King12

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