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Derwent Arms in Osbaldwick holds Star Wars themed night in aid of Neuroblastoma Society
Getting ready for tomorrow night’s Star Wars Neuroblastoma Society fundraising event at the Derwent Arms are Princess Leia, aka Rebecca King, and Yoda, aka William Winteringham
A STAR Wars themed event – May The Fourth Be With You – is being held at a York pub in aid of young cancer patients.
Staff and customers at the Derwent Arms in Osbaldwick will don Yoda and Princess Leia costumes at tomorrow’s casino night in aid of the Neuroblastoma Society, which fundraises to fight the rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer.
It is hoped some of the funds raised will also go towards brave Kelfield youngster Jamie Inglis, who has suffered a neuroblastoma relapse and has undergone surgery to have a tumour that caused paralysis removed from his spine.
The six-year-old’s family are now working to raise as much as £250,000 to pay for lifesaving relapse treatment with experts in Germany.
Sue King, the landlady of the Derwent Arms, said about the fundraising: “I don’t think a lot of people know about the Neuroblastoma Society charity, children tend to get missed out.
“It’s such a good charity to put into.
“Jamie Inglis and his family have been through such a lot and with him being local we thought it would be a nice idea to try and help them as well.”
She said they were initially inspired to set up the event as her niece’s daughter, Ava King, three, from the Holgate area, received treatment for the disease and still travels to Newcastle for check-ups.
Entry to the casino night – which will see the pub filled with Star Wars themed backdrops and music – costs £10, for which entrants will be given ten gambling chips.
The winner will receive tickets to Leeds Casino with a three-course meal and there will also be a raffle with prizes including a hot air balloon ride. The event starts at 7.30pm.
Fundraising for neuroblastoma is especially topical in North Yorkshire at the moment as a number of families are coping with the rare illness. The family of Knaresborough two-year-old Sadie Rose Clifford have led a huge fundraising appeal to enable her to have pioneering treatment in the US, while Selby four-year-old Thomas Cammack lost his battle with neuroblastoma last month.
Jamie’s dad, John Inglis, and Sadie’s mum, Katie Clifford, have led calls for better treatment in the UK so families seeking treatment are not forced to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to go abroad because British care is not adequate.
To donate money to Sadie’s appeal visit justgiving.com/sadie-rose-appeal and to donate money to Jamie’s appeal visit justgiving.com/jamiesappeal
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