Mammoth Macmillan festival raises a awareness in Saham Toney, near Watton

There was fun and laughter at a huge fund-raising event held to raise awareness of a rare form of bone cancer.

The Mammoth Macmillan Festival of Fun, organised by friends Sarah Ellis and Sara Bone, was inspired by Watton mother-of-two Sharon Newson, who was recently diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma.

With a packed programme of activities, displays and live music, there was something to suit everyone at the festival, held in nearby Saham Toney yesterday (Saturday).

Highlights included a martial arts display, a sponsored head shave and a petting zoo, with the fun running from 2pm well into the night.

'Everybody enjoyed themselves, it was fabulous,' Mrs Ellis said. 'We had some amazing volunteers who have really worked so hard.'


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Ewing's Sarcoma is most common in teenage boys and Ms Newson, who is in her 40s, faces a year of intensive chemotherapy to beat the disease.

Her friends got busy organising the ambitious event soon after her diagnosis and were thrilled when she was able to attend.

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'She looked wonderful,' Mrs Ellis added. 'She was mobbed by so many friends and well-wishers.'

All the money raised at the festival will go to the University College Hospital in London and Macmillan Cancer Care.

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