Rugby star helps Milly

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SAINTS’ rugby star Soane Tonga’uiha has donated £1,000 to the family of a nine-year-old Daventry girl with a life-threatening brain tumour.

Milly Adkins underwent surgery last month aimed at reducing the size of a tumour which had grown so large it posed an immediate threat to her life.

However the surgery was not successful and, having been told further operations would not provide a cure and would not give Milly a good quality of life, her family has made the difficult decision not to proceed with further interventions.

But 6ft 3in father-of-four Mr Tonga’uiha – who is nicknamed Tiny by fans – donated £1,000, raised from his testimonial year, to the family.

He also took Milly and her three-year-old brother, Max, on a tour of the Franklin Gardens ground, including areas normally closed to the public.

Milly’s mother Alex said the money would be used to purchase a trailer tent so the family could enjoy short breaks away as respite.

She said: “Tiny’s generosity has been completely overwhelming. We can’t thank him enough.”

Hairdressing students at Northampton College in Daventry raised more then £200 for Milly with a ‘cutathon’ last week.

The family has asked anyone who meets Milly to be discrete, and to avoid saying anything in her presence about her situation, in case it frightens her.