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A big thank you from Conor in Snettisham

A big thank you from Conor in Snettisham

Published by Grace Marner
4:52pm 30th August 2019. (Updated at 4:54pm 30th August 2019)

It was a big thank you at the weekend from Conor from Snettisham.

Two years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Polycythemia Vera.

The 16-year-old wanted to do something to thank his community as well as raise money for charities close to his heart.

Connor snettisham charity event

 

The condition means his blood is thicker which means he's ended up having four small strokes (TIAs). 

When he has a TIA he'll lose sight in part of his eye, pins and needles or weakness in his hands or severe headaches that would knock him out for hours. 

When he first started having symptoms he said his skin was incredibly red.

Connor snettisham charity event

 

He told KLFM he just had to get on with it:

"I went back to school and then it started to become more difficult. 

"I started GCSEs and I was struggling a little bit but you've just gotta get on with it. That was the way I looked at it because there's no other way."

 

He was pleased with his exams results in the end though even though he had some symptoms during a maths exam he had worked really hard on:

"In one of the exams I had a weakness in my eye. It was my first maths exam that I had worked so hard on and I was sitting there and I can't see out of one eye and I think I could either pack this in and pack the whole lot in.

"I fought through it, did the exam. Obviously it was difficult and I was struggling a bit but I just had tot deal with it because these were my GCSEs."

Connor snettisham charity event

When he was diagnosed he said the whole community rallied round him and his family to support them through it. 

That's why he held the charity football match and fun day in Snettisham at the weekend. It was not only to thank them by coming together once more but to also raise money to two charities close to their hearts. 

They raised around £5,000 on the day for CLIC Sargent and MPN Voice. Both charities provide support to those living with cancer and fund research. 

He said it was loads of fun until he missed his penalty! 

 

They're still collecting donations through their Just Giving Pages which you can find by clicking on the charities above. 

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