Community rallies round to help save Pewsey boy

Niki Conner, Liz Grey with daughter Isobel, and Nick Borritt, Zac Messenger, Mark Hillier and Andy Olsen at Pewsey fire station

Niki Conner, Liz Grey with daughter Isobel, and Nick Borritt, Zac Messenger, Mark Hillier and Andy Olsen at Pewsey fire station

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A foundation set up in memory of a little boy who died as he walked to school may help the recovery of another child who needs life -saving treatment in the US.

Money from a craft and gift fair organised by the Finlay Foundation in The Corn Exchange, Devizes, tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 4pm will go to a fund set up by the family of Tavis Gray, aged nine, from Pewsey.

Tavis, who was diagnosed earlier this year with Ewings sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, has this week been undergoing chemo-therapy in Oxford but his parents believe his best hope is treatment in America.

Finlay Connor, six, died after being hit by a bus as he walked to school in Woodborough with his mother Niki in March, 2011.

His parents set up the foundation to keep his memory alive and Mrs Connor says she can feel his presence when she gives donations with money raised in his memory.

She said: “When we heard about Tavis we decided to give all of the money raised from the fair to help him and his family. We have a fantastic array of craft and gift sellers, refreshments will be served throughout the day and there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and stall holders.” Entry is free.

Firefighters from Pewsey have also stepped forward to help raise money.

They will be washing cars in return for donations between 10am and 5pm tomorrow.

Liz Grey, treasurer of the Finlay Foundation, and daughter Isobel went to Pewsey fire station with Niki to meet firefighters.

Crew manager Mark Hillier said: “Pewsey is a tight knit community and everyone is pulling together to help Tavis and his family.

“Even if you don’t want your car washed, you can come down and make a donation anyway.”

Tavis’ mum Sharon works at Puddleducks Nursery in Pewsey and manager Beverley Smith is helping to co-ordinate fundraising.

She said: “The family need money to help pay towards costs for special chemotherapy treatment in America.

“It is likely that the treatment for Tavis and the cost of travelling for him and one family member will be funded but both Sharon and Dave want to go with him. His mum has had to stop work for now to look after Tavis but we are keeping her job open for her.”

Money for Tavis, who has an older brother Nathan and sister Natalie, will also be raised at a quiz at the Woodbridge Inn, near Pewsey, on July 23.

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