Fundraisers cruise for cancer charity at Fun Farm Weston

CARRY ON CRUISING: The Devaney family, Gareth, Lucas, Joanne and Ethan with Cruise for Cancer organisers Joe Hennessy and Rebecca Smith.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
CARRY ON CRUISING: The Devaney family, Gareth, Lucas, Joanne and Ethan with Cruise for Cancer organisers Joe Hennessy and Rebecca Smith. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Families and car enthusiasts formed a common bond in support of a Gosberton Risegate youngster enjoying life to the full despite having leukaemia.

Lucas Devaney (3) was uppermost in everyone’s thoughts at Weston’s Fun Farm where a Cruise for Cancer car and bike show was held on Sunday in aid of Children with Cancer and ward C2 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Tim the Minion from the Despicable Me films kept children in a happy mood as their parents and grandparents wandered round the cars and motor bikes on display on the Fun Farm grounds.

Joe Hennessey, one of the organisers alongside Rebecca Smith, said: “The event was very, very popular and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

“It ran from 4pm till about 7.30pm or 8pm, lots of people got involved and we’ve raised more than £3,000 so far.

“Becky works with Lucas’s grandmother and she asked her if she could find some to cars to put on display in order to raise money for Children with Cancer and ward C2 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

“So in the end, we thought why not organise something where everyone could get involved and when we put the word out on social media, we got 1,000 people within 12 hours who said they would come.”

Cruise for Cancer came after a classic car show at Ye Olde White Horse pub in Spalding over the bank holiday weekend that raised almost £750 for Children with Cancer and ward C2.

Joe said: “We had raffle prizes and stickers that were given out, with support from the guys at Fun Farm who were very helpful.

“The feedback we’ve had from people who came has been positive, so we’re looking to put another Cruise with Cancer event on next year.”

Lucas and his family’s determination to give the best life possible to the youngster after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, cancer of the bone marrow and white blood cells, three months ago was reported by our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, in April.

Staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital put Lucas on a course of chemotherapy soon afterwards and then an intensive treatment programme for the next six months.

Joanne Devaney (30), Lucas’s mum who was at Cruise for Cancer with her husband Gareth (36) and older son Ethan (5), said: “It was a brilliant event, with a really good turnout.

“We were really happy with the outcome and we’re grateful that people are doing things, not for ourselves but for the two causes.

“Our target was £10,000 at first but we’ve managed to beat that and we’re almost at £12,000.

“We’re really shocked that everybody did it for Lucas but we couldn’t have asked for a better show.”