21st Nov, 2019

Schools urged to get behind bid to boost Oscar’s fund

Rob George 3rd Oct, 2019 Updated: 3rd Oct, 2019

A RALLYING call has gone out for schools across Worcester to join in with a fund-raiser to fund potentially life-saving treatment for Oscar Saxelby-Lee.

Oscar’s school in Worcester has declared October 11 ‘Oscar Day’ and is holding a non-uniform day for £1-per-person donation and staff there are hoping other schools across the county will join them.

The latest effort is part of a county-wide fund-raising drive which has already raised more than £400,000 of the £500,000 needed to pay for treatment in Singapore for Oscar whose cancer has returned just months after successful stem-cell treatment.

Mum Olivia Saxelby and dad Jamie Lee were dealt a heartbreaking blow when they were told there may be no further treatment options left for Oscar on the NHS. At present children with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in

Oscar’s position are able to undergo CAR-T therapy in the UK.

Unfortunately, there is no such therapy available for children such as Oscar with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The family have been working tirelessly with the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust to raise the cash needed to take the brave little boy to Singapore for the specialist treatment.

Worcester Warriors will stage a charity rugby match next Wednesday (October 9) between West Mercia Police and neighbouring force Warwickshire Police to raise much-needed funds for the cause.

Hearing of Oscar’s situation and how he wants to be a police officer when he grows up, West Mercia Police have shown their support by organising the charity rugby match at the home of Warriors to support the fund-raising for the youngster.

Officers who play in the match will be taking part in their own time outside of their normal duties.

The match will kick off at 7.30pm but the ground will open earlier for additional entertainment and activities for the family to enjoy.

Admission to the charity match costs a suggested donation of £5 for adults and £1 for children. All funds will go directly to helping Oscar’s cause.

Supt Damian Petit from West Mercia Police said: “This will be a wonderful event, bringing together both forces and their families to enjoy the rugby and all the facilities so kindly laid on by Warriors. We all are doing what we can to help raise funds so Oscar can have a full and healthy life.”

Other on-the-night fund-raising efforts include a bucket collection inside and outside the ground and a raffle and silent auction ran by West Mercia Police. A donation of drinks by Warriors sponsors Greene King will allow a proportion of drinks sales to go directly to Oscar’s charity fund too.

Visit www.warriors.co.uk/tickets for more or https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/WestMerciaPoliceforOscar to donate.

Visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Hand in Hand for Oscar for the latest on the appeal.

THE CHARITY rugby match is one of a host of fund-raising events being held to support Oscar and his family in the next week:

  • A KILLERS tribute act will take to the stage the Marrs Barr on Saturday (October 5) Tickets are selling fast so book in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit www.samstownkillerstribute.com for more
  • AN ONLINE raffle with lots of fabulous prizes has now been organised in relation to a Charity Walk and Fun Day being held in Bromsgrove on Saturday. Visit www.facebook.com/oscarsraffle for more.
  • A FAMILY fun day will be held at Norton Parish Hall on Sunday (October 6). Face panting, bouncy castles and a host of activities will be on offer at the event from 3pm to 6pm.
  • STAFF at TK9 Dog Grooming in Worcester have put together a raffle to raise cash for Oscar. Visit www.facebook.com/TK9Grooming for how to take part.
  • A MONEY can’t buy auction will be held on Friday (October 4) at the Co-Op at Lower Wick Visit the store for more details.

E-mail any events to editor@worcesterobserver.co.uk and we’ll give you a mention.

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