Marvellous George Major's charity fund raises £40,000By Sally Bryant
July 06, 2012
A magnificent effort from the family of an amazing little boy has raised more than £40,000 for young cancer sufferers – and they would love more help to get that figure higher.
A charity garden party in Earley last month put another £1,400 into George’s Extra Marvellous Medicine Fund.
George Major, of Repton Road in Earley, inspired the fundraising when, after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009, he decided there weren’t enough toys for young cancer patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
His family launched George’s Marvellous Medicine Fund and now, with the hospital improvements made, the ‘extra’ fund is supporting children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Friends flocked to support the latest event for the cause. Phyll and Roger Parsons opened their beautiful garden for the afternoon and there was tea, Pimm’s and homemade cakes.
Raffle tickets and goodies from stalls went like hot cakes, George and his friends manned ‘spin the wheel’ and ‘beat the goalie’ and George’s little brother, four-year-old Noah, charmed the crowds into hooking a duck.
George, who is seven, will finish his treatment later this year and grandma Julia Eversham would love businesses and schools to get involved for an extra fundraising push over the next few months.
Leighton Park School has already adopted the charity.
Mrs Eversham said: “George and his family are overwhelmed by the support they receive from readers and friends.”
George’s Extra Marvellous Medicine Fund helps to support more than 20 families in Berkshire with a child who is suffering from some form of cancer.
As many adults know, the side effects of chemotherapy, the invasion of needles and all the other medication results in a tough time.
Mrs Eversham said: “George just wanted to make life more fun and help ease the time other local children spend undergoing treatment.
“George is our very own child of courage and his work has been acknowledged when he received a Pride of Britain Award and Children’s Champion award – a huge thank you to people out there who are giving George their support.”
Money raised by George and his family has gone to wish-granting charity Starlight and the John Radcliffe Hospital, as well as Royal Berks and CLIC Sargent. To find out more, or donate a prize, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Log on to bmycharity to sponsor George.