Worcester’s Member of Parliament, Robin Walker, encourages the City to get together at Pitmaston Primary School on the first weekend of March to help save 5 year old Oscar Saxelby-Lee.
On the 28th of December 2018, Oscar’s parents Jamie Lee and Olivia Saxelby were informed that Oscar had been diagnosed with T- cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Oscar has since undergone intense chemotherapy, but it is now apparent that Oscar will require a stem cell transplant in order to terminate the cancer.
A suitable match has not yet been found.
Ms Kate Wilcock head teacher of Pitmaston Primary School, where Oscar is a student, has launched a fundraising campaign to support Oscar’s parents as they care for him. Robin has urged people to donate whatever they can to help ease the pressure on Oscar’s family unit during this difficult time. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hand-in-handforoscarsaxelby-lee?utm_id=60&utm_term=VjbeEn27m.
Pitmaston Primary will be hosting a range of fundraising events on both the 2nd and 3rd of March, including a stem cell drive where people can come in, fill out a form, swab their cheek, and save lives.
Robin is due to visit the school next week in celebration of Democracy Day, and will himself be attending the fundraising activities over the weekend.
Commenting on the case, Robin said:
“I urge every person in good health, aged between 17 and 55, to come out over the first weekend on March and show support for this brave young man. A five minute registration and a cheek swab could help Oscar battle cancer and ultimately save his life. It is in times like these that the power of a community can be fully expressed.”
“I am extremely thankful to Pitmaston Primary School, and especially Head Teacher Kate Wilcock, for working tirelessly to arrange these events and do everything possible to help save Oscar. However, ultimately, Oscar needs the people of Worcester – and further afield- to show up and register. I would urge everyone to attend the events next weekend, bringing as many family members and friends as possible to help find a match.”
“The Delete Blood Cancer UK (DKMS) event will be held at the Malvern Road site on both Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 3pm.”