A CHRISTMAS market is being organised to raise funds for a brave little boy who is battling a life-threatening disease.

Carter Nightingale was diagnosed with cancer last year after initially being taken to Colchester Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Tests were carried out and his mum Hannah Carter, 25, and dad, Daniel Nightingale, 30, were told he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Carter was immediately transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire for surgery, where he was rushed into theatre.

The operation to put in a central venous line and for a blood and platelet transfusion was only due to last two hours but took six and a half hours.

Carter began his chemotherapy but his treatment was anything but smooth after developing sepsis seven times and was suffering from chronic diarrhoea.

Although Carter no longer has leukaemia cells in his body, he will still need treatment until 2021 to prevent them from growing back.

Since Carter’s diagnosis, Hannah and Daniel have organised a series of fundraisers to help aid his fight and cover the costs of frequent hospital visits.

As a result, support from the community has consistently grown and thousands of pounds has been raised.

Carter will now celebrate the magic of the festive holiday with a special Christmas market which is due to be held in December.

The fair will give guests the chance to meet Father Christmas, browse at festive stalls and sing-a-long to festive hits.

There will also be arts and crafts for children to get involved in, a tombola and large helpings of delicious and warm food.

Hannah, of St Osyth, said: “We have chosen to do a Christmas market to raise funds and make memories for our little boy who is fighting cancer.

“Living in hospital is very expensive.

“We will be having a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus, arts and crafts for the children and tons of Christmas stalls.

“There will be lots and lots of food and also a singer performing Christmas songs.”

The market will be held on December 7 at the St Osyth Village Hall between 10am and 4pm.

Entrance is 50p and if you would like to host a stall visit Carter’s Fight Facebook page.