Press Release / by Jennifer Kelly
Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:45

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is proud to announce that in just three weeks and three days, the people of Worcestershire have raised just over £500,000 for the Oscar Saxelby-Lee Appeal. It has been truly heart-warming to see the community supporting this family in the most incredible of ways.

From children donating all their pocket money, firemen cycling from Lands' End to John O’ Groats, to people shaving off their hair, and to businesses donating their entire day's takings, the support of the community has been simply incredible. We would like to thank everyone that has helped in any way.

Oscar's appeal was launched just 24 days ago after his parents Olivia Saxelby and Jaime Lee received the devastating news that Oscar's T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) had returned following his bone marrow transplant. At this point, they were told that there were no further curative options available on the NHS for his type of leukaemia.

Oscar's parents then made the decision that they needed to fundraise to ensure that if any possible treatment options were available outside the NHS, then they would have to fundraise to access them. One of these potential treatments was Car-T therapy in Singapore. (Currently, in the UK, Car-T therapy is already available for children with the more common B cell ALL, BUT not for children with the harder to treat T-cell ALL).

Over the last three weeks, we have watched the people of Worcestershire work together to raise this seemingly impossible amount of money. It has been astonishing and humbling, to see schools, businesses, individuals and even children giving all they can.

Oscar's mother, Olivia Saxelby has said,

"We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts - Worcestershire, you are truly amazing! But, we still need your help more than ever.... Please do not stop fundraising. If you are holding an event or attending one, please still go ahead. £500,000 is enough to cover the treatment and care Oscar would require if all went to plan. Now we must make sure that we have contingency funds available should Oscar need more care or have a more complicated recovery whilst there. As we all know, this journey hasn’t gone smoothly, so we must be prepared for any additional hurdles.

As you will have seen from Oscar's Facebook page, Oscar needed to receive more treatment and have further tests carried out, whilst we have been fundraising to keep his leukaemia at bay. The initial funds are ready, but now Oscar's medical team need to wait for the results of his further tests to determine the next steps. When the best treatment plan for Oscar is confirmed by his medical team, this funding will allow us to move very quickly.

Thank you so much to the people of Worcestershire, and beyond, for making this possible and once again doing everything in their power to help save our boy!"

Statement from Dr Jen Kelly, founder of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust,

"On behalf of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, I would like to thank everyone who has supported Oscar's campaign in any way. In particular mentioning the amazing team at Pitmaston Primary School; both the staff and parents who have gone to the most extraordinary lengths to make Oscar's huge campaign a reality. The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is very proud to have been able to play a key role in Oscar's campaign and we will continue to help support Oscar and other children affected by childhood cancer wherever possible. Oscar's campaign funds are ready for him, but now we must wait for his test results and for his medical team to determine the best possible treatment plan for him. "

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is honoured to have been able to help support Oscar's family and his team of fundraisers. We have taken no cut whatsoever out of the funds raised - 100% of the funds that we have received for him are ringfenced for his use. We truly hope that every penny raised for Oscar can be used to fund his lifesaving treatment, however if the funds are not able to be used, for any reason, his parents have asked that the funds are utilised to fund research into the type of cancer Oscar has, so that they can help other children. This is, of course is what the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust will do.

The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust was set up in memory of Grace. Her wish was to help other children, and this is one of the principle aims of the Trust.

Oscar, Olivia and Jaime, the team at the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is rooting for you every step of the way.

You can read more about Oscar's story and campaign here.