Stone Festival Supports the Christopher Bond Appeal

Festival Committee member Jamie Richards with Christopher Bond a couple of days before the family flew out to the USA
Festival Committee member Jamie Richards with Christopher Bond a couple of days before the family flew out to the USA

Stone Festival raises funds every year for local good causes – in September last year it was able to distribute nearly £5,000. It always keeps a small amount in reserve in case an emergency arises during the year – and this year the Festival team has decided to donate some of those emergency funds to the Christopher Bond Appeal.

Christopher is a ten year old, a student at Walton Priory School, into everything that ten year old boys are normally interested in. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2013, and following a long operation at Alder Hay Childrens Hospital he seemed to be making a full recovery until a follow up scan earlier this year revealed that the tumour was growing again.

He has had to go the USA (Oklahoma City) for proton beam therapy – the only way of treating this problem. The ten weeks of treatment is being funded by the NHS – but his parents need to pay for their own travel and accommodation. Members of the Festival team called upon Christopher and his parents a few days before they flew out to the USA and presented them with some US dollars to help cover some of the initial expenses they will have once they arrive.

Festival Chairman Andy Glover added that Stone Festival is a wonderful week for the Town – and the excess funds are always   distributed to local good causes. He couldn’t think of a better use of funds than to help out this local family in a time of need. If you wish to donate to the appeal – you can do so easily by going to:                                     www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-christopher-/150180