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Brave Reece Puddington from Whitstable makes final Facebook post due to his spiraling illness

17 May 2014
by Jamie Bullen

Reece Puddington, 11, of Freeman’s Close, Seasalter, has amassed more than 37,000 likes on his Facebook page, which details his fight against neuroblastoma.

Reece Puddington at home in Whitstable

Reece Puddington at home in Whitstable

In January, Reece made headlines across the world when he posted a heartbreaking bucket list that included a meeting with his favourite Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, a trip to Sun City in South Africa, and a Hobbit House in his back garden.

After receiving an incredible response, he ticked off almost the entire list, and had a bonus video message from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

Reece told followers in February of the sad decision to turn down more cancer treatment as it would involve increased hospital visits and painful side effects.

Reece was paid by a visit by Pirates of the Caribbean actor Winston Ellis.

Reece was paid by a visit by Pirates of the Caribbean actor Winston Ellis.

Last Friday, he posted another update named The Final Chapter, which explains he is no longer able to give updates on the blog.

He wrote: “I know it’s been a while since my last proper update, but to be honest there hasn’t been anything different to report.

“My life was still very much about gaming, movies, eating, and very little medical intervention, etc.

“All was going well until the past week, when there have been some noticeable little changes.

“As it’s been six years today since I was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, I feel it’s the perfect time to announce that this will be my last update… I’m simply too weak and tired to have an active role in my blog now.

“Thank you to each and every one of you that’s taken the time to like my page, follow, share, like and comment on my posts, and for all the donations towards my bucket list.”

A Hobbit House was built in his garden to help tick off his bucket list.

A Hobbit House was built in his garden to help tick off his bucket list.

Reece said people could still help him fulfil his final wish by buying a beach hut for seriously ill children.

His Reece’s Retreat campaign has so far raised £1,500 towards an estimated £30,000 to kick-start the project with a hut along West Beach.

For information on how to donate to the Reece’s Retreat campaign, visit its Facebook page here.

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