Folksworth youngster Jamie Andrews has a life-threatening rare blood disorder and his family are looking to raise around £13,000 for treatment that could lead to a cure.
A special fundraising day at the Anglia Co-operative foodstore in nearby Yaxley has bagged £319 for the appeal launched by Jamie’s parents, Sarah Allen and Dan Andrews.
It takes the total to around £9,000 and Dan now hopes they can start initial consultations for the procedure in February.
Jamie has Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, which starves his body of oxygen. His illness is complicated by a genetic condition which means his body cannot produce white blood cells.
Sarah and Dan have been told the only chance for a cure is for Jamie to have a bone marrow transfusion from a matching sibling - and they want to have an IVF baby who will be free of the disease and cure its brother.
Dan said: “It’s important we start the process as soon as possible and when we were first looking at raising between £12,000 and £13,000 that seemed an impossible figure.
“The support from the community has been amazing and so touching and the total has come together much quicker than we’d ever have hoped for.
"What the Anglia Co-operative store at Yaxley has done for us is brilliant – it’s heart-warming to think so many of their shoppers know about our position and want to help us.”
Store manager Stuart Mott said: “We’ve really taken Jamie to our hearts. He’s a lovely lad and it’s great our customers support our fundraisers for him so generously.”
* Anglia Co-operative Yaxley store staff from the left, Leanne Juniper, Paula Canavan and Tiffany Ince pictured on one of the stalls fundraising for the Jamie Andrews Appeal.