Final push needed to send Jamie to Disney

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SUPERSTAR singers like Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and Paloma Faith have lent their support to a campaign to send a sick youngster to Florida’s Disney World.

The celebrities re-tweeted posts made by 11-year-old Jamie Hodgson’s parents in their bid to draw in donations.

Eddie and Christine spend hours on social networking sites spreading the word about Jamie’s Dream, which has helped to raise thousands of pounds.

And now the parents hope the local community will turn out, on Saturday, July 14, to support a fun day at Boxmoor’s Three Blackbirds pub in a bid to raise the £2,500 needed to pay for theme park tickets.

Earlier this year the parents, of Meadow Close, Tring, launched a fundraising campaign to take their terminally ill son on a once in a lifetime trip along with Jamie’s sisters Jodie, 14, and Michelle, 23.

Jamie suffers from congenital heart disease and other health problems, which means doctors do not know how long he has to live.

The trip has been made possible thanks to the backing of the local community, along with fundraising events at The Bell pub in Tring and the Three Blackbirds in St John’s Road.

So far £10,500 has been raked in, which has paid for flights to America and a hotel.

Mum Christine said: “We knew we would get there but we didn’t think it would be this year. We thought it would take longer, but we were determined because obviously we don’t know with Jamie’s health.

“We have had so much support locally. We think it is fantastic that there are so many nice people out there.”

During the pub fundraiser, running from 11am to midnight, Eddie’s England shirt signed by players including David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steve Gerrard and John Terry will be raffled off, along with a giant dark chocolate Italian egg and other goodies. There will also be stalls, a tombola and entertainment.