An eight-year-old's charity appeal has hit an “extraordinary” new milestone.

Elly Neville, a year four pupil at Pembroke Dock Community School started the Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal three and a half years ago.

In that time, she has managed to raise £180,000, which will go to supporting cancer patients on Ward 10.

The appeal started with the goal of raising just £50 and raise awareness for the much-needed improvements of cancer services at Withybush Hospital.

Elly’s Dad, Lyn, said: “The new Cancer Day Unit at Withybush Hospital was a huge step forward for Cancer Day Patients and a superb space to work in and be treated in.

“We wanted the same for Cancer in-patients and have worked hard for many years to get this.

“In April 2019, after Welsh Government funding, work will start to fully refurbish Ward 10 to have a state-of-the-art Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care Ward.

“Elly’s Appeal will help to fund equipment and items over and above the NHS standard equipment.”

Some Welsh Assembly members have praised Elly’s Appeal for “making the difference” that ensured funding was granted and putting Cancer Services firmly in the Pembrokeshire public eye.

The appeal has already purchased a Sara Steady Enhanced Standing Aid for the Ward at £850 and recently took delivery of a Bladder Scanner for £9,000, a Urine Analysis Machine for £1,000 and two Sofa Beds for the Relatives Room at £2,000 which will enable families to stay near loved ones.

Lyn added: “We are totally amazed to have raised over £180,000 and thank everyone who has supported us in any way.

“It is exciting to purchasing items and equipment is making a “real” difference to Cancer Patients, Staff and Visitors on Ward 10.

“We would please ask that you continue to support Elly’s Appeal which is making a real difference to Patient Environment and Experience on Ward 10.”

“Elly said that she was very happy that what she was doing was helping people when they were in hospital.”

Elly and her family are continuing to seek donations via their Just Giving page: