Celebrity bash for cancer boy raises thousands
Robyn Rosen PARENTS at a Muswell Hill primary school have raised more than �50,000 in a single night to send a seven-year-old boy with a brain tumour to America for emergency treatment. Pink Floyd s David Gilmour, Hollywood actor Bob Hoskins and comedian
PARENTS at a Muswell Hill primary school have raised more than �50,000 in a single night to send a seven-year-old boy with a brain tumour to America for emergency treatment.
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Hollywood actor Bob Hoskins and comedian Les Dennis were among 120 supporters who attended a sell-out event on Saturday.
The evening was all in honour of Fabian Georgiou, a Year 3 pupil at Coldfall Primary School, who was diagnosed with diffuse pontine glioma, an inoperable brain stem tumour in October.
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Fabian immediately started radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for five weeks which has left him ill, exhausted and suffering nausea, hair loss, loss of appetite, and muscle weakness and wastage.
After trying all treatment options, Fabian's parents Sorzia and Wayne had almost given up hope until December when they discovered the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas.
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The clinic offers the pioneering antineoplaston therapy, a treatment which costs �100,000 a year.
Jenny Johnson's son Moses is in the same class as Fabian. "It really upset us all when we found out he was terminal," she said.
"One day he was well and suddenly he wasn't.
"It's upsetting to see a child go through that.
"His parents were in shock and so were we as a community. In a situation like that everybody wants to help."
Parents and supporters organised Saturday's fundraiser in a matter of weeks, bringing together first-class entertainment, food and a host of celebrity guests.
"We wanted to do something to help," Ms Johnson said.
"We were going to do a little do in the school hall and it just grew from there. We didn't start off with such grand ideas.
"When we started talking to people about it, it was amazing to see the response."
During the evening, top caterer Rhubarb provided canapes while Paul McCartney's band, singer Margo Buchanan, Madness frontman Suggs and comedian Tim Minchin provided entertainment.
Other celebrity guests included Gavin and Stacey writer and star James Corden, former Arsenal footballer Michael Thomas, and soap stars Kara Tointon and Phoebe Thomas.
The evening's auction raised more than �30,000 on prizes including VIP tickets to see Beyonce at the O2 arena, four guest passes to play extras in Gavin and Stacey, a pair of Bono's sunglasses and one of Paul McCartney's guitar picks.
Singer Margo Buchanan, who lives in Muswell Hill and helped to organise the event, said: "It was amazing, a very emotional evening. It exceeded all expectations."
Fabian's father, Wayne, added: "Saturday night was amazing. I was gobsmacked by the people who donated gifts for the auction, and by who turned up on the night.
"Being in the room with someone like Bob Hoskins, who not only really got behind us and supported us on the night, but stopped me to talk about Fabian and was really friendly.
"It was incredible. We are so grateful for all the support."
o To donate to the Fabian Fund, visit www.fightforfabian.com