Charity events for three-year-old with leukaemia on St George's Day

James Harrison

James Harrison

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.”

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