It’s already a cult favourite and it’s hoped these Dragon eggs will be worth their weight in gold.
Lush has turned its best-selling bath bomb gold to raise money in honour of their co-founder’s grandson, Dexter Constantine-Tatchell, who they call ‘their master of dragons.’
The seven-year-old died in July last year after being diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare type of soft tissue cancer.
Now his family aim to raise £500,000 in his memory to put towards developing better and kinder treatments for childhood cancers.
Dexter Constantine-Tatchell, pictured right, died aged seven in July last year after being diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare type of soft tissue cancer. In memory of Dexter, and to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Lush turned their cult favourite bath bomb gold, pictured left, the colour synonymous with fighting against childhood cancer
It turned gold – the colour synonymous with fighting against childhood cancer to mark International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day this month.
All proceeds will go towards Dexter’s Arc, a fundraising platform raising funds for non-animal testing research into the disease.
It was created with the support of the cancer charity Alice’s Arc, which supported Dexter and his parents, Jack and Rachel Constantine, 38.
‘He loved dragons and created a whole fantasy world full of them,’ said Mrs Constantine, a freelance writer.
‘When he was in Southampton Hospital and just about to start chemo, I bought him a dragon that was called Dexter’, said Mrs Constantine, a freelance writer.
‘He decided we couldn’t have two Dexter’s so renamed him Crackle. Crackle was with him to the end, through every treatment and hardship he went through.’
Dexter Constantine-Tatchell’s parents, Jack and Rachel, pictured above at their home in Poole, Dorset. The parents are now desperate to help find better treatments and work towards a cure for the type of cancer
Dexter, pictured above with his father Jack, is the grandson of the co-founder of Lush. The proceeds from the gold bath bomb will go towards Dexter’s Arc, a fundraising platform raising funds for non-animal testing research into the disease
In December 2019 the couple, from Poole, Dorset, noticed what they thought was a polyp in one of his nostrils.
Within days it had grown, causing a severe nosebleed which hospital doctors initially dismissed as most likely caused by putting lego up his nose.
Scans later revealed it was a large cancerous tumour, with chemotherapy started the next day.
Doctors said the position of the tumour meant it was inoperable, putting their hopes into chemotherapy and proton beam therapy, which they hoped would shrink the tumour.
He underwent 33 days of intense proton radiation therapy, numerous biopsies’, lumber punctures and blood transfusions before six months of maintenance chemotherapy, giving the family 15 months of hope that the tumour had been killed off.
At first Dexter’s parents noticed what they thought was a polyp in one of his nostrils. Within days it had grown, causing a severe nosebleed which hospital doctors initially dismissed as most likely caused by putting lego up his nose. Scans later revealed it was a large cancerous tumour, with chemotherapy started the next day
Dexter Constantine-Tatchell’s parents Jack and Rachel ,pictured centre, with their children, left to right, Oscar (12), Quill (2), Ethan (18), Bellatrix (6) and Lily (16) at their home in Poole, Dorset
In March they were told the cancer had returned and in May they stopped treatment, with Dexter battling on until July 27.
One of seven, Dexter’s parents are now desperate to help find better treatments and work towards a cure for the type of cancer, which has only an eight percent survival after relapse.
‘Because it was such an aggressive cancer, he had the highest doses of treatment with terrible side effects,’ said Mr Constantine.
‘He had so much radiation that it hurt his eyes to look at the Christmas tree lights and he had to wear sunglasses outside.
‘As parents your job is to protect your children but you know the treatment is hurting and damaging them. You just hope it is damaging the cancer more than them.
‘Treatments like chemotherapy haven’t really changed since the 1970s and the side effects are terrible.
‘He was so stoic and never complained and we asked him to do awful things with these treatments.
‘But even in the hardest of times, he was still funny. There wasn’t a moment until the last few days or weeks that he didn’t relish every moment of life.’
The limited edition bath bomb will be sold online and in stores worldwide.
Alice’s Arc works with Cancer Research UK, who the Daily Mail teamed up with to launch the Fighting to Beat Children’s Cancer campaign and this year’s Race for Life.
We are asking generous readers to dig deep and help turn the tide on cancer, which remains the leading cause of death by disease in youngsters.
All money raised will support Cancer Research UK’s work on cancers affecting children and young people, so that more 0-24-year-olds can survive cancer with a good quality of life.