Berkhamsted FC are continuing to help a local toddler with ‘high-risk’ cancer following their successful fundraising event.
The football club used their Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 25 to raise funds for Ollie Sweeney, two, who was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma in January, just a month before his second birthday.
Of the 100 children diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year in the UK, around 50 are diagnosed with the high-risk form of the disease.
Even if Ollie gets into remission, there is still a chance he will relapse.
If that happens his chances of survival drop to less than one in ten.
Berkhamsted FC’s fun day was dedicated to Ollie and the club made him a focal point for fundraising, as well as raising his cause’s profile.
The day featured tonnes of different entertainment, from a six-a-side football tournament to a bouncy castle, live music, children’s play activities and a barbecue and bar.
The club have also been involved in other ways. They held a charity game for Ollie’s cause several weeks before in Broadwater, advertised an appeal in their programme and have given as much publicity as possible to his fundraising page through their social media platforms.
They’ve vowed to continue to assist Ollie and his family in the future wherever they’re able to and are urging the Berkhamstead community to follow suit.
Ollie’s mum and dad, Lucy and Gary, are hoping to raise £240,000 so that Ollie can have groundbreaking new treatment which is not yet available on the NHS. They have so far managed to raise over £100,000.
To read more about Ollie or to donate, go to solvingkidscancer.org.uk/Appeal/ollie