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Let's Back Zac: Campaign for brave Broseley four-year-old hits £250,000

By Mat Growcott | Telford | Broseley | Published:

Generous people from across Shropshire and beyond have helped push the campaign for brave Broseley four-year-old Zac Oliver to its half way point.

The youngster's family said that they had only counted about two thirds of the money collected during last week's Wear Red for Zac event, but that they have already passed £250,000.

And with money still flooding in and more events planned for the coming months, it is hoped Zac will be on a plane to America very soon.

Zac has an extremely rare form of childhood leukaemia called Near Haploid, and needs to travel for specialist treatment unavailable on the NHS.

More than 90 schools and 160 businesses got involved in #wearredforzac last Friday, raising awareness and collecting donations towards the £500,000 needed for the treatment.

Mark Garbett, Zac's father, said that it was incredible to see the support the family were getting.

"At the start we looked at the amount and it was daunting," he said. "You're positive because that's you're only option, but you always have the thought in the back of your mind of 'how are we going to do this?'

"The support we've received has made us feel so positive about it. It has been fantastic."

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Supporters will be going one step further in the next few weeks, attempting to break a world record that just might drive parents mad.

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Zacfest is going to take place at the QEII Arena at Telford Town Park on October 14.

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There will be live music during the event, as well as a funfair, stalls and food.

Headline acts will include Escala from Britain's Got Talent, The Endings, Ska Burst, Savannah and Black Bear Kiss.

But it's the world record attempt that might just go down in history.

The crowd will be attempting to break the record for the most people doing the Baby Shark song at once.

Broseley School made a special message for Zac in the playground

The attempt will be done in Zac's name – and as it's one of his favourite songs organisers are hoping he'll be happy with the effort.

Tickets to Zacfest will cost £5 for adults, £2 for children and £12 for a family of four.

Elsewhere money is continuing to flood in.

Broseley Bellringers completed the Quarter Peal challenge and collected more than £1,000, while Apleywood Primary School raised a massive £980.

The Redrow housing estate in Leegomery raised £328 for Zac and Wrockwadine Wood Football Club raised £225.

The Telford Priory School have raised £585 through donations, £62.50 from a charity football match and £80 from a student who shaved his head.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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