A 15-YEAR-OLD college student, who has been battling against leukaemia for the past year has had a long-held wish granted to jet out and visit his uncle in Australia who he has never met.

Over the last twelve months, David Green (SEEN ABOVE) from Newton-le-Willows has undergone regular bouts of intensive chemotherapy and has spent long periods in Alder Hey Hospital.

Mum Frances said that it hit everyone hard when they first heard about the sickness. "David was very angry." She said. "His first reaction was 'why me'.

"It's been difficult for us all. I have had to give up my work as a care assistant. Without the support of my two daughters Paula and Amy I wouldn't have coped. Everybody has been so good to us. Our neighbours have been fantastic."

Frances got in touch with the charity 'Make a Wish' after the parent of a child in Alder Hey recommended them.

The charity aims to make dreams come true for youngsters with life threatening illnesses.

Children are encouraged to make three wishes, one of which they will grant.

Frances said: "David's wishes were to cook a meal with Jamie Oliver, to go to a game at Manchester United and to see my brother John in Australia."

"When the call came through that we were going to Australia, he was overjoyed.

"Me, David and my husband Wilf fly out in two weeks time and will spend six days with my brother in Adelaide, who I haven't seen for 22-years, then move on to Perth.

"But if David picks up an infection before we go, he could have to go back to hospital. He is a tremendously brave person and he is fighting this very well," she said.

l You can find out more about the work of 'Make a Wish' on 01706 639138.