Hampshire Village Raises £470,000 To Save 2yr Old With Brain Tumour
When their friends two year old was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, 4 friends got together and raised half a million pounds so Yateley's Freddie Hunt could get lifesaving treatment in America.
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Abby and Dave Hunt were taking their 2 year old son Freddie to hospital for a routine Epilepsy check up but they ended up getting the devastating news that Freddie had a large inoperable brain tumour.
“On the 22nd of September we went in to have an MRI scan for Freddie hoping that we were just gonna get his epilepsy sorted, we came out finding out that he had a huge brain tumor. It was in such a place right in the center of the brain, that it was not able to be operated on [in the UK.] We knew we had to go abroad to get some sort of treatment for him.”
Starting Together For Freddie
That night, while unsure where to go next or what to do, Freddie’s Mum Abby Hunt went on to social media and asked the local community in Yateley for one special favour.
“Abby then found out there was meteor shower that night, so went online on Yateley [‘s Facebook Group] and asked people to wish on a shooting star if they saw one for Fred. That was the start of it, from there it went absolutely crazy. Thousands and thousands of comments! Then friends of ours Mark, Bonnie and Debbie just picked it up and they ran with it. So we set up a page called ‘Together For Freddie’."
The Together For Freddie team then spread the word of a proposed charity fundraising day getting coverage on local radio, national newspapers and from celebrities online. The whole community got behind Freddie’s story and everyone in North East Hampshire started to fundraise in their own way.
“We had face painters, we had kids entertainers, armbands and t-shirts and sweatshirts, on every corner something was going on here and everybody who was doing something for him.”
Even Dave Hunt’s favourite football Team QPR got involved and invited the family to the club for a very memorable day out.
In total, the Together For Freddie Fundraising Team raised a staggering £470,000 which allowed Freddie to go to America for the treatment he needs.
Abby, Dave and family still update the community on Freddie’s progress on the Together For Freddie Facebook Page which has nearly 10,000 members.
Mark, Bonnie and Debbie recently won a Local Heroes Award presented by Surrey and Hampshire’s local radio station Eagle Radio for all their amazing fundraising work for Freddie. The above documentary was made by Greer Riddell for Eagle Radio to celebrate Together For Freddie’s achievements.
Freddie Hunt Yateley