Young people from Watford and Three Rivers raise over £1000 for young boy’s cancer fund

22 March 2016

A group of young people, who recently took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme run by Youth Connexions, raised over £1,100 on Saturday evening for a young boy’s cancer treatment.

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Rickmansworth School hall was offered free to the group as the venue for the evening

Ossie Robinson, aged 10, is suffering from Neuroblastoma and going through a gruelling series of treatments at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  His family have set up a website to raise awareness of Ossie’s condition, and to raise funds for any possible future treatment that he will require.  Any excess funds raised will be used by the ‘Solving Kids with Cancer’ charity for other children with Neuroblastoma.

The group of young people taking part in the NCS programme were made aware of Ossie’s need through his sister, Taylar, a pupil at Bushey Academy.  They decided to support Ossie through their social action project, which forms part of the NCS experience – and set about planning how to best raise money for him.  They came up with the idea of a variety show – calling upon all their local friends and contacts to support them – and were able to secure the free use of Rickmansworth School hall as the venue for the occasion.

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Dancers and performers gave their time for the cause

Tickets were sold for the show at £3 each and on Saturday 19th March an audience of over 150 people attended to watch performances by eight different acts.  Beat-boxers, dancers, bands and solo-singers took to the stage – expertly compered by two of the NCS group. 

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This solo performance and seven other acts were expertly introduced by the two comperes for the night, shown right, both NCS participants

The evening was an outstanding success – with all the acts involved donating their time for free and those attending responding by donating generously to collections that took place during the interval.  At the end of the evening Taylar took to the stage to thank everyone for their participation – and outlining what a difference such support made to both Ossie and his family and friends.

The young people who organised the event were delighted to have raised over £1,100 by the end of the evening – a true testament to their hard work and enterprise. NCS participant Lauren said “NCS has been one of the best experiences; I have met some incredible people and done some amazing things I never thought I would be able to! To put on an event in only a few weeks is definitely an eye opener into future ideas for me.”

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To find out more about Ossie Robinson, or donate to his charity, visit www.ossieboysfund.co.uk