A fundraising day in memory of an 11-year-old boy whose dying wish was to help fellow children with cancer has been hailed as a great success.
The team at Sandhills Community House, together with Astral Park Sport and Community Centre, organising the special event last Sunday to help the Tipler family, of Sandhills, Leighton Buzzard, raise funds for Jamie’s Rhythm of Life Brain Tumour Foundation.
In 2015, Jamie Tipler lost his battle against cancer after an extremely brave fight.
Jamie’s wish was that the birthdays of any children in hospital with cancer should be as special as possible.
The foundation has already paid for gifts and birthday balloons for 100 young patients locally.
Now the family’s ambition is to fulfil Jamie’s wish to raise £20,000 to roll out the birthday gifts’ scheme to all paediatric oncology wards in England.
Gina Croxford, Programme and Partnerships Officer, at Sandhills Community House, said: “The community came together at Astral Park and enjoyed a day of games, stalls, good food and relaxing in the summer sun.
“A tree was planted and dedicated to the foundation. It stands in Astral Park near the running track and it is a living reminder of Jamie’s wish, that the birthdays of all children with cancer should be as special as possible.
“The total amount raised is still to be finalised but it’s looking good and is in the region of £1,800.
“Thanks to everyone who came along and all the volunteers who worked so hard on the day!”