Shropshire Star

'Zac's Fund' launched to support more children in Shropshire battling cancer

In February 2020, Zac Oliver marked the end of a hugely inspirational and emotional journey by ringing the end of treatment bell. Some three years on and his family have given their full blessing for a fund to be launched in his name – to help even more Shropshire families access potentially life-saving cancer treatment.

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The Broseley youngster, who is now nine, shot to prominence five years ago after his family started a campaign to raise £500,000 to travel to Philadelphia for pioneering cancer treatment.

Zac at home in Broseley

Zac, who was four-years-old at the time, was thought to be the only child in Britain with a rare strain of blood cancer called near haploid or lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Donations flooded in from around the country, including £50,000 from Simon Cowell, a £100,000 contribution from a Daily Mail reader and an undisclosed sum from Dire Straits musician Mark Knopfler.

On February 25, 2020, Zac was joined by family, friends and local football legend Steve Bull as he rang the end of treatment bell at Princess Royal Hospital Telford's children's unit.

Zac Oliver, Steve Bull and Mother Hannah Oliver-Willets
Zac Oliver, 5 rings the bell at Princess Royal Hospital

Zac remains cancer free and his family have today given their full blessing for a new fund to be launched in his name, which will open later in the year.