Thousands of people including TV presenter Jake Humphrey attend Norwich charity day in memory of brave little Finnbar Cork
PUBLISHED: 08:04 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 11 September 2017
The force was well and truly with thousands of people who turned out to take part in a charity family adventure day in memory of a brave little boy from Hethersett.
Finnbar Cork was just five when he died last year after suffering a brain tumour.
His heartbroken parents, Tristan and Claire, set up Finnbar’s Force in memory of the Star Wars-loving youngster.
A family adventure day for the charity, which aims to help and support other children and families affected by brain tumours, was held at Eaton Vale in Church Lane on Sunday (September 10).
More than 4,000 people, including TV presenter Jake Humphrey, turned up for the event which Tristan said went “astonishingly well”.
He said: “It was insane. We had no idea we were going to get that many people.
“We thought it would go down well but we had about 4,000 people and there was 1300 cars on site.
“It was just absolutely incredible.”
Families who flocked to the adventure centre were able to take part in a range of activities which included abseiling, canoeing, axe throwing, high ropes, shooting, grass sledges, archery, toddler area and stalls.
Tristan said: “We had so many positive comments, everyone seems to just have had the best day.”
One of those to have enjoyed themselves at the event was none other than BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey who tweeted: “Amazing time @finnbarsforce fundraising day. It would have been Finnbar’s birthday. PLEASE give the charity a follow & go cuddle your kids x”
Although final totals are yet to be confirmed it is thought the event has helped raise more than £9,000.
Tristan said it was “unbelievable” to have reached such a target and was “really grateful” to everyone who attended or volunteered and to Eaton Vale to hosting the day.
Finnbar was diagnosed with a rare grade 2 diffuse astrocytoma in February 2016 after he began having dizzy spells and unsteadiness on his legs. The Hethersett Woodside Infant School pupil received treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and Great Ormond Street in London.
But despite treatment he died in August last year.