Charity rugby match touches down with £30,000 for Oscar’s treatment - The Evesham Observer

Charity rugby match touches down with £30,000 for Oscar’s treatment

Evesham Editorial 26th Oct, 2019   0

MORE than £30,000 was raised for seriously-ill Worcester schoolboy Oscar Saxelby-Lee from last week’s charity rugby match staged at Sixways and jointly organised by Warriors and West Mercia Police.

A crowd of around 2,100 watched West Mercia Police defeat Warwickshire Police under the Sixways floodlights and added £30,120 to the appeal to help send five-year-old Oscar (pictured) to Singapore for specialist treatment for his rare form of leukaemia which is not available on the National Health Service.

The proceeds from the Help for Oscar evening included gate receipts, bar profits – swelled by the generosity of Greene King who supplied a range of drinks free of charge – bucket collections, a raffle, a silent auction and a range of other fund-raising activities.The Hand in Hand for Oscar appeal has already surpassed the initial target of £500,000 but the fund raising has continued to support contingency plans in case requires more care or has complications during his recovery.

Oscar attended the match with his parents and met Warriors players Dean Hammond, Farai Mudariki and Justin Clegg.

His schoolmates and staff at Pitmaston Primary School have been driving forces in the fund-raising and they were applauded by spectators and players on a lap of honour which also included Warriors co-owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring.

Managing director Peter Kelly said: “Oscar’s story and bravery have touched so many people. We were delighted that Oscar and his parents were able to attend last week’s match to share the evening with us.

“Oscar is in all our thoughts and we hope that his story will have a happy ending,” he added

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