Essendon fundraising event a success

AN event to raise funds for lifesaving treatment for a youngster battling against cancer has been hailed a “fantastic” success.

The bring-and-buy sale at Essendon Village Hall made �1,404 for the Jamie Inglis Appeal.

Organised by Essendon Women’s Institute, the event was in aid of Jamie, four, who has neuroblastoma stage four – a cancer of nerve cells – and needs �250,000 for lifesaving treatment in the USA.

A spokeswoman for the event said: “The appeal is backed by soldier Mark Bembrick [of Brickfield, Hatfield] because Jamie, who lives in Dusseldorf, is the son of Mark’s friend – also serving with the British Army in Germany.

“Most of the villagers turned up to the event, around 80 people in total, and people were very kind.

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“On the day Matt Little did over three hours riding to raise cash, it was fantastic.”

She added: “Mark is over the moon with the amount raised and has informed Jamie’s mum and dad who are absolutely delighted.

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“We would like to thank everybody in Essendon.

“Without their help it would not have been possible.”

So far the appeal has raised nearly �231,000.

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