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Liam Andrew's friends and family are urging the town to go yellow on Friday.
Liam Andrew's friends and family are urging the town to go yellow on Friday.

Newark is set to be a sea of yellow tomorrow as the community shows little Liam Andrew just how much he has been taken into their hearts.

Liam, 5, of Beacon Heights, has a rare and incurable brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

An appeal to raise £½m was launched by his family, including cousin Mrs Laura Fearnley, so money could be available for any treatments that might help him.

The colour yellow is being used for events because Liam is a big fan of the Minions characters from the Despicable Me films.

Laura said she had been overwhelmed by the response to the yellow campaign.

Schools and businesses are being encouraged to ask staff and pupils to wear yellow tomorrow in return for a £1 donation.

Many companies and schools are taking part, including some outside the town.

Laura said: “We are overwhelmed, amazed and surprised by just how much businesses and schools have got behind the wear yellow day. It is phenomenal.

“With the help of the Advertiser, the word has spread.

“Not just Newark, but the surrounding areas have gathered.

“The support is heart-warming.

“It keeps us going and keeps us positive through all of the brutal, horrible things we have to deal with and will continue to have to deal with.

“It is our positive and Liam is loving it. He feels like the local celebrity.”

Laura said the family would do their best to get around as many businesses and institutions as possible to show their appreciation.

“We want to show our thanks,” she said.

“Not a day goes by when we don’t appreciate it. I don’t think we would be where we are without the Advertiser.

“When we first had the idea we thought it would be perhaps just Coddington Primary School. We had the idea of trying to turn Newark yellow, but had no idea it was possible.

“£1 a person may not seem a lot, but you get 600 school pupils and it soon mounts up.
“Every pound takes us closer to what we think Liam will need.”

Among those taking part are: DB Wood, Barcode Warehouse, SMC Motorhomes, Duncan & Toplis, Voda-fone, Curl Up n Dye hair salon, Millbank Care Home, Eden Futures, The Navigation, Bakkavor Desserts, Lincoln Security, Newark Hospital, Kitchen 52, Ambitions Personnel, Beehive Hair Salon, Balderton, and the Advertiser.

Liam’s school, Coddington Primary School, is joined by Sutton-on-Trent Primary School, Magnus CofE Academy, Sir Donald Bailey Academy, Barnby Road Academy, Newark Academy, Manners Sutton Primary School, Averham, Claypole Primary School, The West Park Academy, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and The Marton Academy, Gainsborough.
Nurseries and child-minding groups are Beacon Hill Road Nursery and Firsthand Childcare, Newark, St Peter’s Early Years, Farndon, Bullpit Road Nursery, Balderton, and the Carlton and Gedling Childminders Group.



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