�The mother of a boy who died from cancer is setting up a charity to stop parents of sick children getting into debt.

Kristel Huth, whose son Mitchell died from neuroblastoma, wants the Mitchell Huth Memorial Fund to give parents the financial support they need so they can take time off work to spend with their children.

Kristel, whose son was a cousin to Dagenham boxers Kevin and Vinny Mitchell, said: “A lot of families struggle when their child is sick.

“They want to spend all the time with their children, but they have to work and it leads to a lot of them falling behind in payments for their mortgage and eventually being thrown out of their homes.”


Mitchell lost his fight against neuroblastoma in August aged seven after a two year battle with the disease. His death came just a month after he had returned from Mexico for treatment after his family and friends raised more than �150,000 for potentially life-saving therapy.

Kristel, from Hornchurch, said that over the two year period her husband Terry lost his job and the family were almost forced out of their home. She said: “We were really lucky, because if it wasn’t for our family and friends we would have been living on the streets. My husband lost his business because all he wanted to do was to spend time with Mitchell.”

A number of events have been organised to raise money for the charity.