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Party for Uttoxeter girl Imogen to send her on dream Paris trip

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THE queen of Frozen is set to be the guest of honour at a family fun day to raise funds to send a little girl bravely battling cancer on the trip of a lifetime.

Imogen’s Party, a family fun day and auction, will be held at Oldfields Sports and Social Club, in Springfield Road, from 2pm onwards on Saturday, July 12.

The event has been organised to send eight-year-old Imogen Evans on a trip to Disneyland in Paris with her family after enduring months of chemotherapy in her war against neuroblastoma, a child specific form of cancer.

The main attraction of the day will be Queen Elsa, of the Disney film Frozen, who will be entertaining children with her story time from 3pm.

Other attractions will include a bouncy castle, balloon modeling, music, a barbecue and licensed bar, guess the sweets in the jar, coconut shy, hook-a-duck, Nesta’s Ark, a racing car and hopefully a police and fire engine and ambulance.

There will also be an auction and raffle from 4pm.

Organiser Faye Mawer, who is treasurer of the Imogen fund-raising, said: “Last time she was in hospital Imogen wrote a note of things she wanted to do when she got better.

“This included having a massive party, a trip to Disneyland, a cruise ship holiday, grow her hair back and get better.

“This is where the inspiration for the party came from and Imogen will be there depending on the chemotherapy. We want to raise the money so she can do these things.

“Everyone has been donating things for free and offering their services for free, we have not been charged for anything which we are thankful for as all of the money goes to Imogen and anything that needs paying for comes out of our pockets.

“I’m so grateful to Oldfields Sports and Social club for allowing us to hold the event there.”

So far the residents of Uttoxeter have really got behind the fund-raising effort for the St Joseph’s pupil and the total for her trip currently stands at an impressive £10,000.

Mrs Mawer added: “They are a really popular family and everyone wants to help them. So far people have been very supportive and have been getting in touch with me asking what they can do to help. It has been brilliant.

“I would ask people to please continue showing their support and get as many of their friends and family down as possible and bring along some pennies.

“So many people have done so much so far. I have people I don’t know knocking on my door and saying here’s £50 for Imogen. I know that Imogen does appreciate it and it puts a smile on her face.”

Collectors also took to Uttoxeter Racecourse at the weekend for the John Smith Summer Cup and collected £3,530 for Imogen.

Anyone wanting to raise money for Imogen or help out at the family fun day is asked to call Mrs Mawer on 07970 868387.

More information is also available on the Fund-raising for Imogen Facebook page.

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