A Llyn schoolboy who has battled a brain tumour for the past two years had a weekend to remember recently thanks to a national charity.

Ten-year-old Rhiw lad, Gruffudd ‘Gruff’ Crowther, who has undergone almost two years of treatment for a brain tumour, had a VIP weekend to remember as he represented the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust at Chris Evan’s CarFest South (23 to 25 August).

Gruff sang on the main stage in front of 40,000 people, enjoyed a ride in a Nissan GTR sports car, took part in the iconic CarFest Carnival Parade, was on stage for a celebrity chef cooking demo and even got a high five from founder and broadcaster, Chris Evans, himself during two glorious days in Hampshire.

Gruff was five when he was diagnosed with Hypothalamic Optic Pathway Glioma – a slow growing tumour on the optic nerve – that affected his sight.

Having endured 20 months of intensive chemotherapy, last year he went sailing with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust in Largs, Scotland, and returned for another trip this year.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that supports young people aged eight to 24 to rebuild their confidence after cancer.

Gruff said: “It was incredible! I couldn’t really see the audience, but hearing them cheer was amazing. I was very proud representing the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. The trust has helped me build my confidence and I’ve made great friends. I’d love to go every year and be a volunteer when I’m older.”

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