A SPECTACULAR zumba event has raised more than £3,000 for the Oliver Field Appeal – bringing the total now raised up to a staggering £143,000.
More than 70 people aged from four upwards took part in the event at the Netherhall Learning Campus – and even two-year-old Oliver and his older brother Sam joined in.
The event has shown once again how the town has rallied around the family which is aiming to raise £1/4m in case Oliver – who is suffering from a rare form of cancer – needs treatment abroad.
Saturday’s event has brought the running total up to £143,000.
Oliver’s dad Paul said: “It’s a truly magnificent amount and we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us. We’ve raised around £110,000 since January.”
It began with a fun ‘zumbatomic’ for children aged four to 10 years old, led by Claire Freeman. Oliver and Sam joined this which is zumba specially designed for children.
Paul said: “It was a great day and both Sam and Oliver really enjoyed it with Sam really getting into the music. Oliver just ran around a lot.”
The main two-hour zumbathon was led by Jana Shirley, Lola Stewart and Laila Namini.
The main organisers were Jana Shirley from the Vitality Centre in Milnsbridge which specialises in massage, exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching along with Diane Baldwin from Threadz baby clothing embroidery.
The final total raised was £3,258.
Oliver, of Dalton, was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma cancer at eight months old.
He endured a full year of treatment which included induction chemo, surgery, high dose chemo with stem cell rescue, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and antibodies.
The family was told at the end of treatment there was no evidence of the disease, but in the run-up to Christmas Oliver had an MRI scan and his parents Laura and Paul received the devastating news that his tumour had returned.
Oliver has started radiotherapy again and if this works then he may be able to go for further treatment abroad that will give him a better chance at long-term survival.
The family cannot wait until chemo is finished – they need to raise the money now so it is in place when he needs it.
The target is around £250,000 and in the event that Oliver can’t use the money, it will go towards research and to help other children with the same disease.
For further details see the website at www.theoliverfieldappeal.co.uk
Throughout June the Vitality Centre at Manchester Road in Milnsbridge will be running zumba packages with donations to the Oliver Field Appeal.
See www.vitalityhuddersfield.co.uk for more details.