Tea party & three-legged bar crawl raise money for Matt's Fund

Tea party & three-legged bar crawl raise money for Matt's Fund

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Simon Meechan

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Tea party &  three-legged bar crawl raise money for Matt's Fund

Well-wishers took to the town in a three-legged bar crawl to raise money for Matt's Fund.

The crawl, which took in 13 pubs throughout Maidenhead, was organised to raise money to send young father Matt Rackley to America for a state-of-the-art cancer treatment.

The therapy costs £150,000, and is not available on the NHS.

Matt, who has a one-year-old son Freddie with his partner Hollie, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2012.

The drinking kicked off on Saturday at The Bear in Maidenhead High Street.

The revellers each paid an entry fee and sported Freddie's Hero T-shirts. They were then tied by the leg to their partner.

Saturday's bar crawl followed a tea party at the Rackley family home in Cox Green on Friday.

Matt's mum Alison said: "We are up to £70,000 now and on Friday we raised just under £300 at the tea party.

"I just want to thank everybody. The community has really pulled together. It's been fantastic."

Alison explained that the fundraising team has not had to push people to donate or get involved.

"As a family we all appreciate that," added Alison.

A string of fundraisers have been held by people touched by the young dad's plight. Businesses in the town have held collections and a charity football match also took place.

Visit justgiving.com/mattsfunding to donate.

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