Seven-year-old Alex Novakovic is packing his bags for America after the £255,000 needed for life-saving cancer therapy was raised.
Alex and his mother Jasmin will fly out to Boston on Monday with the Bedgrove Primary school pupil’s first appointment at The Massachusetts General Hospital the following day.
Bedgrove Infant School donated the final £16,816 to push the total over the line on Wednesday afternoon. But as of Thursday afternoon the total stands at more than £290,000 with more events still planned in the Vale. All the extra money will be given to Kids ‘n’ Cancer charity.
District councillors broke into rapturous applause when it was announced the total had been reached on Wednesday evening.
Councillor Mark Winn said: “There has been a wonderful reaction for Alex. This shows the kindness of people in Aylesbury and why Aylesbury is a great place to live.”
Council leader John Cartwright agreed and said: “I wish the best of luck to this young man. I pray to God he comes back healthier.”
Alex’s uncle Daniel O’Brien said on Facebook after breaking the £255,000 barrier: “105% you are over the Target!!!! Thank you, Thank you Thank you. The last donation was from Bedgrove Infant School for £16,816.05. I’m floored at that. But equally as grateful to each and everyone of you for what you have done for Alexander. He’s going!”
The infant school raised the money through a variety of community events and all across Aylesbury Vale businesses and people have being doing their bit to help Alex.
From a man spending 24 hours in a tree to schools staging a ‘wear a funny hat day’, everyone got involved.
There was celebrity support, too. Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce donated £500 as did Roald Dahl’s daughter, Sophie.