10:25AM, Tuesday 26 April 2016
It might have been St George’s Day, but it wasn’t the famous dragon slayer that was on most people’s mind as Cookham hosted a full day of charity fundraisers.
Rather than the patron saint of England, the focus of festivities in the village on Saturday was three-year-old George Ferriman.
The youngster, from Furze Platt, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in February, prompting his family to set up a Facebook page where well-wishers could show their support and be updated on George’s fight against disease.
And that was on plain show, as hundreds turned out for a series of event and helped raise £3,000, which will be give to George’s family for them to donate to charities that have been helping them.
The day started with prayers at Cookham’s Holy Trinity Church and a bootcamp session at Cookham Moor.
Later, there was a family sports day at the Crown pub, in the Moor, followed by a Strictly George dance event at Pinder Hall.
At the same time, a beer festival was being hosted by the Jolly Farmer, in Church Roaf, which on it’s own saw about 1,000 pints of beer drunk and £600 collected.
And the day was concluded at the Kings Arms, in Cookham High Street, which hosted live music and a charity raffle and auction.
Speaking afterwards, Adam Garrett, who helped coordinate the activities, said: “I think it’s all gone amazingly well.
“The idea wasn’t just to raise money, although we’ve done some before where we’ve raised a lot, this has also been about engaging people and raising awareness and I think we’ve done that.
“It’s about a support network and everyone working together.”
Police were called to the River Thames between Cookham and Bourne End yesterday at about 3pm, to reports that a teenage boy had entered the water but hadn’t been seen to leave.