Dozens of people join superhero walk in aid of toddler with cancer
PUBLISHED: 13:42 06 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:42 06 April 2019
Copyright: Archant 2019
Dozens of people dressed as superheroes, princesses and Star Wars characters came out in support of a Norwich toddler who is battling cancer.
A charity walk through Norwich city centre took place on Saturday to help raise funds for two-year-old Harry Deeba, from Taverham, who has been battling stage four neuroblastoma.
The family are hoping to raise £239,000 to travel to New York for treatment that could stop the cancer returning.
Harry’s grandparents, Andrew and Carole Howes, said the family has received overwhelming support from the community, with more than £130,000 raised so far on the toddler’s fundraising page.
A number of events are taking place in support of Harry, including a football match between police and firemen and a sky dive in Beccles.
“I’m very proud,” said Mr Howes. “A lot of people want to see him get there. The support has just been growing and growing, we even have people jumping out of a plane.
“We would not have got anywhere near the figure we have so far without the community.”
Mrs Howes added: “It’s been phenomenal, everyone has helped us so much. We want to thank everybody for their donations and good will.”
Family friend Emmie Bowler, who organised the charity walk, said: “It’s brilliant to see so many people from all over coming to help.”
The group began their walk from the Woolpack Inn, in Golden Ball Street, and made their way through the city.
Friends and family were joined by police, firemen and members of the Norwich Star Wars Club.
Club event organiser John Peruzzi, who was dressed as a stormtrooper, said the group have helped to raise money for four other infants who are also battling cancer, including four-year-old Denver Clinton, from Dereham, who died in February.
“We know four kids with the same cancer,” said Mr Peruzzi. “They are aged between two and four and this is meant to be a rare cancer.
“Denver already passed away and we don’t want any more. “We try to help where we can, we do this in our spare time. We may be sweating and boiling in our costumes but it’s all worth it seeing a smile on a kid’s face.”
To donate, visit: solvingkidscancer.org.uk/campaigns/harrys-appeal.
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