Fundraising for the family of a little boy who was rushed to hospital over the weekend with a brain tumour has reached more than five times its target in the first day.

Eight-year-old Elliott Furse from west Cornwall had been taken to the emergency department of the Royal Cornwall Hospital on Saturday night, after suffering a suspected stroke.

It was subsequently discovered that he had a brain tumour and he is now at Bristol Children's Hospital, where doctors have removed fluid from his brain and completed a biopsy.

He is now awaiting surgery, to remove as much of the tumour as possible, before beginning chemotherapy.

His mum Samantha, one half of well-known wedding photography business Christian Michael Photography with her husband Christian, said: "No child deserves this, but Elliott is a sweetheart. He is the most kindest and caring little boy I know. He doesn't deserve this."

Elliott's classmates at Gulval School have set up a fundraising page to help the family while they stay in Bristol to be near him.

So far more than £2,500 has been raised, beating the initial £500 target in just a few hours, and donations can still be made at

Rebecca Mitchell, who set up the page, said: "Elliott’s classmates at Gulval School want to help.

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Elliott in hospital

"Elliott’s family have just discovered Elliott has a brain tumour and are in Bristol starting a very long and scary journey.

"They want to stay in Bristol, together as a family unit, while Elliott undergoes his treatment, but the Ronald McDonald centres are closed because of Covid.

"If you have a few spare pounds, please donate.

"Sending love and strength to this beautiful family."

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With the usual charity accommodation usually available to families currently closed during the pandemic the Furse family, who live in Gulval near Penzance, are looking for private accommodation they can stay in so that Sam, Christian and his four siblings can remain close to Elliott.

We need you little buddy, we've got a long road ahead, but we got you. You are so loved, by so many.

Samantha added: "If anybody knows of any accommodation near Bristol for the foreseeable future we would really appreciate any recommendations. We cannot afford the Airbnb costs in the city, and the Ronald Mcdonald houses aren't accepting families due to Covid.

"I cant split them up, they need each other now more than anything."

Anyone who can help can contact Samantha via her Facebook page or through the Packet to pass the details on.