A local four-year-old with a rare illness has been helped out by the Northwood and Ruislip, Croxley and Stanmore community, who helped raise more than £8,000 as part of an online event.
Veer Gudhka has a genetic disorder called Fanconi Anaemia. This means his stem cell production is reducing, and so his blood cells are also on a decline. As a result, he needs a stem cell transplant.
To help raise money for stem cell donor charity Anthony Nolan, Veer’s family and friends decided to put together a 12-hour ‘virtual extravaganza’ on Facebook last month, where various artists from surrounding areas performed on a public group, where more than 1,000 people tuned in throughout the day.
Viewers were asked to contribute to a JustGiving page – and the amount raised quickly surpassed £8,623.
Following the popular event, Veer’s family said: “A big thanks to all those that were involved in making Veer’s Virtual Extravaganza such a success. We had a blast on the day and we hope you all did too. Amongst all the fun we managed to raise over £8,000, and recruit an official 165 donors, but probably a fair few more than that.
“We achieved that by working together as a community. Imagine how many lives this might save? It really means a lot to families like ours that there are generous people out their willing to find out about, and register as donors.”
The videos from the extravaganza are still available – search ‘Veer’s Virtual Extravaganza’ on Facebook.
The JustGiving page can be found here – justgiving.com/fundraising/helpveernow-an