A VARIETY night of magic and comedy is being held to help send an inspirational Ribble Valley schoolgirl to America for life-saving cancer treatment.

Brave Lucy Wright was eight years old when she diagnosed with Neuroblastoma – a childhood cancer.

Lucy’s diagnosis was devastating for her parents Richard and Carrie, who launched Lucy’s Mission to Michigan fund-raising campaign to raise £150,000.

That is the substantial cost of Lucy receiving vital maintenance therapy in America aimed at keeping children in remission from the devastating disease.

The Grand, Clitheroe, is hosting the sparkling event on Saturday, September 21.

Carol Benbow, fund-raising co-ordinator, said: “Lucy is the bravest little girl I’ve ever met - it seems like the whole of Clitheroe wants to help her via this incredible community effort.”

A large percentage of the funds raised to help meet the cost of Lucy’s future treatment in America has arrived from individual donations.

Carol said: “This summer people have organised sponsored walks and swims, football matches, golf days and a group climbed Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

“Also, another person ran the Manchester 10k – it is truly inspiring what they’ve done to help.”

She added: “We still have a bit to go but so far we’ve raised £118,000, since Lucy’s Mission to Michigan was launched and that’s an incredible effort.

“That generosity restores your faith in human nature, and it is a marvellous gesture by the Grand and Aaron Calvert, who will be performing at the show with other magicians and comics.”

Lucy, nine, who goes to St Hubert's Primary School in Great Harwood, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma a year ago after being referred to hospital following several weeks of complaining of pain and losing weight.

“Lucy’s bravery and outlook on life, despite her illness, is incredible,” said Carol.

“She’s funny and kind, an absolute credit to her incredible parents.

“Lucy is doing well - and the initial signs are that she is responding to the treatment she has received in hospitals in Manchester, London and Southampton.

“But everybody’s dream is that Lucy will one day be illness free - and that’s what we all want.”

Lucy’s mum Carrie said: “It’s been overwhelming to see how much people care about our little girl.

“As parents we are proud beyond words of her courage, bravery and sheer determination.

“The support from everyone around us has been unbelievable and we are so grateful.”

Please donate if you can to Lucy’s Mission to Michigan www.gofundeme.com/lucysmissiontoMichigan or carol@amberfamily.co.uk