College pulls together for three-year-old George Rooza

Staff and students at Warrington Collegiate pulled together to raise more than £800 to help transform the garden and bedroom of a three-year-old boy suffering from leukaemia.

Disney princesses, Dr Zeus characters and woodland creatures descended on the College before half term as Childcare students took part in a fancy dress fundraiser – with one student managing to raise more than £100 during a coach trip to a Warrington Wolves away game. Students collected more than £500 in sponsorship.

Friends and family have rallied to help three-year-old George Rooza since he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in January.

George faces up to four years of treatment, including chemotherapy, that will weaken his immune system meaning he will not be able to play in the park or go to his friends’ house as any infections he picks up could have serious implications.

His friends and family are looking to raise £5,000 to transform the garden of their Woolston home into a space safe where he can play with his brother and sister.

Sponsored fancy dress for George RoozaWarrington Collegiate tutors Nikky Bradley, Charlotte Collins and Elaine Gundersen – friends of George’s mum Lisa Neild – have organised a series of fundraising activities at the Winwick Road campus, including a charity “flight” to New York in the College’s Aviation department and a coffee morning which pushsd the total up to £800.

Public Services students also raised £64.97 at the College’s Community Day with their stand in aid of George featuring a FIFA football tournament, cakes and a ‘Guess the Sweets in the Jar’ competition.

Sponsored fancy dress for George Rooza

Nikky said: “We’re absolutely made up with the generosity of both staff and students at the College who have gone out of their way to either organise fundraising activities for George or donate to the cause.

“George is such a lovely little boy and we hope that this money can go a long way to helping him and his family by transforming their home into somewhere safe for him and his friends to play. Thank you to everyone who has been involved with our fundraising.”

To donate to George’s fund, go to gofundme.com/GeorgieRoo