HEARTFELT messages of hope have been shared with Oscar Saxelby-Lee and his family as they fly out to Singapore.

Supporters of the poorly five-year-old schoolboy - including classmates, teachers, friends and police officers - have wished him luck as he starts the next stage of his treatment for a rare form of leukaemia.

Oscar is on his way to Singapore, where he is set to undergo CAR-T treatment in a bid to rid him of the disease.

Among those who shared a message for Oscar was the headteacher of Pitmaston Primary School, where he is a pupil.

Kate Wilcock said: "Have an amazing, amazing trip, send us lots of photos and we can't wait to see you when you get back."

Jen Kelly, founder of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, which backed Oscar's campaign, said: "We are proud to have been able to help support Oscar Saxelby-Lee and his parents, Olivia and Jamie, through the most incredible fundraising campaign.

"We would like to wish them the very best of luck on this next step of their journey and we are rooting for them all the way."

Mum Becky Dovey, whose daughter Jessica is in Oscar's class, said: "I just wanted to send so much love and affection their way. You will absolutely do great in Singapore and we can't wait to have you back."

Superintendent Damian Pettit said: "On behalf of all the men and women who serve in West Mercia Police we will be thinking of you as you travel to Singapore. Please keep us updated and we look forward to hearing about how you get on when you return."

Pupils from Pitmaston said simply: "Good luck Oscar. We love you!"

Oscar captured the hearts of Worcester people back in January when his parents appealed for help to find him a stem cell donor.

Nearly 5,000 people came to a donor drive at his school in March to see if they might be a match, with some queuing patiently in the rain for the chance to register as a donor.

Oscar subsequently had a transplant and was cancer-free for two months but his leukaemia returned and his parents were told his only option was treatment abroad - not available on the NHS and costing a staggering £500,000.

Against all the odds, the local community came together, holding fundraising events, taking on challenges and within weeks had raised £600,000 towards his treatment - as well as another £160,000 to be used by the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust to research childhood cancers.

Oscar's parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee opted for a last ditch attempt at treatment in the UK and he received a top up of donor cells last  month.

But after results were 'not what we wished' the family arranged to make the trip to Singapore, saying: "Oscar was given this chance, and we must go for it before it's too late."