Wellingborough cafe bar raises more than £900 for little boy fighting rare cancer

Crystal Farrar, Rachael Sheridan and Charlotte Holmes from Castello Lounge with Gerry and Gerry's mum Danielle Bishop
Crystal Farrar, Rachael Sheridan and Charlotte Holmes from Castello Lounge with Gerry and Gerry's mum Danielle Bishop

Staff and customers have helped raise more than £900 for a little boy who is fighting neuroblastoma.

Gerry Gent is just 10-months-old, but he has already had major surgery to remove a large tumour and endured numerous scans, tests and treatment since being diagnosed with the childhood cancer last year.

Rachael Sheridan from Castello Lounge in Wellingborough town centre heard about ‘Gerry Gent’s Journey’ through her partner, who works with Gerry’s dad Floyd.

And after they popped into Castello Lounge one day, the staff decided they wanted to support Gerry and his family.

Rachael said getting involved with the local community is important for the cafe bar, and all the staff and customers were keen to support Gerry.

They raised £930 during March with several fundraisers, including a Gruffalo puppet show, donations from customers and staff donating their tips.

Rachael said: “It is overwhelming how much the people of Wellingborough care.

“They do like to donate in tips if they know it’s going to a good cause.”

She said the staff were ‘chuffed’ to have raised this amount and they will be looking to support another local charity later in the year.

Gerry’s mum Danielle Bishop was presented with the cheque at Castello Lounge on Wednesday.

She said: “We are so overwhelmed, I cried when they told me.

“The support from the whole of Wellingborough has been great.

“We really didn’t expect this, for the community to come together like they have.”

She said the support from people in Wellingborough, with numerous other fundraisers including a fun day at Gleneagles Social Club in February, had really helped them through what has been a very tough time for the whole family.

Some of the money raised by Castello Lounge will be put into an account for Gerry as they don’t yet know what treatment he may need in the future.

But most of it will be going to Wards 10 and 27 at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Ward D34 at Nottingham Hospital, the wards where Gerry has spent time during his treatment.

And the fundraising and raising awareness of neuroblastoma is ongoing as Gerry’s dad Floyd has got a team of 15 who will be cycling with him from Wellingborough to Skegness on July 1.

The 87-mile ride will be raising money for Niamh’s Next Step, the Wellingborough-based charity raising awareness and funds for research into neuroblastoma.

The charity was set up as a lasting legacy to Niamh, who died from the cancer aged just five in May 2012.

Danielle said Niamh’s parents Sam and Chris have been there for them since Gerry was diagnosed, and Chris will be supporting the cyclists on the day.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the cyclists can do so by clicking here