From a man up a tree to packing bags at the supermarket – support grows to save Aylesbury boy

John Emms spends 24 hours in a tree, Alex says thank you and bag packers at Budgens
John Emms spends 24 hours in a tree, Alex says thank you and bag packers at Budgens
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More than two-thirds of the money needed to send a seven-year-old Aylesbury boy to America for living-saving cancer treatment has now been raised.

A huge number of events took place over the weekend and more are being planned for the week ahead to help raise £255,000 for Alex Novakovic.

Alex Novakovic Aylesbury boy, 7, with cancer

Alex Novakovic Aylesbury boy, 7, with cancer

The Bedgrove Primary School pupil needs the money so he can have special therapy on a brain tumour in Boston, USA.

By 11am on Monday, with five days left to raise the rest of the money, more than £176,000 had been raised and thousands of pounds are being donated every hour.

Over the weekend John Emms spent 24 hours in a tree, a cake sale was held in Thomas Cook, people got together to pack bags at Budgens, Pegasus gym had a fitness marathon and Aylesbury United collected money at their home game, along with many other events all in aid of Alex.

His uncle Dan O’Brien said: “It’s incredible. Everyone has been really great with the support they have been giving.

Bag packing at Budgens at Jansel Square, Aylesbury - to help raise money for Alexander Novakovic

Bag packing at Budgens at Jansel Square, Aylesbury - to help raise money for Alexander Novakovic

“The Aylesbury community have rallied round my family and it’s really touching.

“I can’t keep up with everything that’s going on.”

On Saturday (April 27), a night is being held for Alex at Aylesbury Rugby Club from 7.30pm. The night will include music, a raffle and auction with prizes including tickets to see Top Gear being filmed and a signed Manchester United ball.

A cake sale is being held at County Hall today, schools across Bucks are holding mufti days, sales and other events and many other activities are being planned.

Alex has become the talk of the town and everywhere you go you see his face on posters, from bars and pubs to shops and estate agent windows.

Stars with links to the Vale and from further afield have also been doing their bit to support Alex, such as by mentioning the cause on Twitter, including Martina Navratilova, Keith Lemon, Joss Stone and John Bishop.

Actor and comedian Bobby Davro is expected to be in town later today collecting for Alex.

To find out about more of the events taking place and post about one you are organising visit the ‘Alexanders Fundraising Page’ on Facebook.

Alex, who has three sisters, was diagnosed with what was thought to be a terminal tumour in November after suddenly collapsing.

He was given virtually no chance of survival, but a leading hospital in Boston has agreed to treat him.

The proton radiotherapy is only available in a few places and the hospital has an opening at the end of the month, meaning the family need to raise the money quickly.

If Alex is unable to have the treatment in America, there are other options here but there would be more side effects and he would be less likely to survive.

Read more about Alex by visiting the dedicated website and donate at the Just Giving page.

You can also donate to the fund by texting NCXV73 and your amount of either £2/ £5/ £10 to 70070

NOTE: The figure of £225,000 published by The Bucks Herald and other media outlets was based on incorrect information given to us. The correct figure is £255,000.