FRIENDS and family of a little girl bravely battling cancer will be appealing to the generosity of race-goers this weekend in a bid to send her on a dream holiday to Disneyland.
John and Sue Douglas will be joined by 12 volunteers with collection buckets at the Summer Cup, to be held at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Sunday, to raise money to send Imogen Evans and her family to the theme park in Paris.
The eight-year-old is battling neuroblastoma, a child specific form of cancer which affects less than 100 children a year.
The St Joseph’s Primary School pupil is currently undergoing chemotherapy which has left her with sickness, temperatures, losing weight and generally feeling weak and lethargic but she is a fighter and her determination has left those who know her feeling humbled.
Mr Douglas said: “I have known Imogen and her family for a good nine years and my wife Sue has known them all her life. We want to do this because she is such a sweet little girl.
“She knows everything that is going on and she is such a little fighter and she is battling this with every once of strength she has got.
“This collection is not for charity, we are doing it for Imogen and her family. The reason for this is we want to give her a treat and special days out when she is well enough so every single penny of every fund-raising event will go to the family, nothing will be taken away whatsoever.
“We have all been really touched by Imogen’s battle and we want to do whatever we can possibly do to give her as much as we can.
“We all think cancer is something you get when you are older but she got it when she was seven and the treatment is so horrific it just breaks your heart.
“It is hoped therefore that, with the help of the local community, as many people as possible will attend this race day which is great fun for all the family and help support this very brave little girl battling this terrible disease.”
The volunteers will be at the Wood Lane course for when the gates open at noon until well after the last race finishes appealing to the generosity of visitors.
The Summer Cup will include seven jump races on the day which includes the course’s feature race the John Smith’s Summer Cup, a listed handicap steeplechase, and a maiden steeplechase for race-goers to enjoy.
More information is available by following the racecourse on Twitter @UttoxeterRaces or searching Uttoxeter Racecourse on Facebook which will be kept up to date on the latest Summer Cup information.
Gates will open at noon on the Sunday with the first race leaving the starting post at 2.20pm.
The last race of the day will start at 5.25pm.
Tickets are available at www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/fixture/john-smiths-summer-cup/ or by calling the racecourse on 01889 562561