Fun day to support young Oliver’s cancer battle
Little Oliver Turner, aged four, from Bury St Edmunds has touched the hearts of the community after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Now a fun day for the youngster, who attends Westgate Primary School, is being staged on May 15 at Moreton Hall Community Centre.
Oliver faces surgery in June to remove tumours in his kidneys and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
What mum Sam Donnelly thought was a urine infection was the only indication that Oliver had Wilmes tumours.
The condition often does not present symptoms.
Now friend Francesca Gray is organising the fun day to raise funds for Oliver and organisations supporting him and other children in his situation. Jeweller Michael Birnie and his daughter Megan, who runs Sparkle & Co, will be raffling and auctioning pieces of jewellery to support the fund-raising.
Sam said: “We went to the out of hours doctor on Good Friday and an hour later they told us he had got cancer.
“Our life has been completely turned upside down but we have had outstanding doctors and the team on the cancer ward at Addenbrooke’s has been amazing.
“It was a blow. Never in our wildest dreams did we think this could be cancer. It was such an almighty shock. The staff at the Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk have been so supportive. They surround you and take you in so it felt like a great big hug and Oliver adores his nursery nurse.” Sam has had to stop working to look after Oliver, who suffers bouts of sickness after his weekly chemo, but says her bosses have been very supportive.
Oliver’s Fun Day from noon to 4pm offers a wealth of activities - local singer Nick Lowe will be performing, there are a wide range of craft stalls, face painting, a football competition and children can decorate cupcakes. Sparkle & Co jewellery will have a stall, there will be floristry, holistic therapy and photography.
Francesca has known Sam since they were at school together and has set up a justgiving page in her name to raise funds to buy toys for the Rainbow Ward, help Oliver with activities while he is unwell and possibly arrange a holiday for him once he has finished his treatment. The crowd funding just giving page has so far raised £3,300. Visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Oliversjourney