A FUND-raising day is being held in memory of a toddler who died of leukaemia.
The Crown in Wychbold, near Droitwich, is hosting a day of activities tomorrow after two-year-old Charlie Harris-Beard, of Kidderminster, died on February 8. Events will run at the pub from noon to raise money for Cords4Life, a charity set up by Charlie’s dad Joe and mum Fiona, who is from Droitwich, to increase awareness of how umbilical cord donations can save lives.
A bouncy castle, face painting, magic show, an appearance from Pippa and Buddy – who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent – and Peppa Pig are set to delight visitors. The Worcester Road pub is also offering a free children’s meal with every adult meal bought on the day.
In April 2011, Charlie, aged just 10 months, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. He had a bone marrow transplant in October 2011. The family has urged people to sign an e-petition to increase awareness and availability of umbilical cord donations, which has already received more than 10,000 signatures.
Visit Charlie’s Facebook page ‘Help Save Baby Charlie Harris-Beard’ or visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/45622.