A community event raised more than £5,500 for Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
The event was held to thank the hospital for the care given to little Mason Quince, three, who underwent a liver transplant after he was diagnosed with cancer.
The fundraiser was the brainchild of Mason’s aunt, Hannah-Dee Bowles and saw friends and family gathering together at The Cock Inn in Gamlingay to raise the astonishing total.
Mum Claire, who lives in Langford with husband Dean and children Mason and Hollie, said: “Mason our little boy was diagnosed with a liver tumour last July. He went on to have chemotherapy and then a liver transplant.
“He’s all good now and we just wanted to say thank you to the hospital because they were so brilliant. My sister said about doing a fundraising event and we thought that would be great.”
She added: “The hospital have just been so caring and supportive. I couldn’t have asked for any better care; there’s doing your job and then there are people who really care. They were there with us all the way through.
“I have this attachment to them now and I feel like they’ve become our friends because we have been through so much together.”
But she said the family was bown away by the support from the community.
Claire said: “We weren’t expecting to raise so much. We started with a couple of stalls and thought if we raised a couple of hundred pounds that would be brilliant.
“Then things started escalating and it all got bigger and bigger.
“It was a really emotional day and people were just giving us money left, right and centre.”
The event included a special guest appearance by Igglepiggle from In The Night Garden and Snow White.
“Dean and I really want to say a massive thank you to my sister Hannah-Dee Bowles, it was all her innovation. She said to me ‘I just wanted to put a smile on my sister’s face’ and she really really did.
“We also really want to thank John Clarke and Jackie Bruce who took photos, Sam Hornby, Sam Tappenden, Vanessa at The Cock Inn, who really helped and gave us a £500 donation, all our family and friends who helped run the stalls and all the local companies that donated raffle prizes, and the three bands who played: One Leather Glove, Phil Hunt and The Victims”
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