The race is on to raise money for Charlie

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A RACETRACK fundraiser for a five-year-old boy with cancer will be held in South Yorkshire this Bank Holiday Monday.

Banger drivers from across the country will escort young Charlie Hook round the track at Brampton Raceway, near Dinnington, and he will be presented with a signed jumper and a trophy.

Charlie was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive and hard to treat form of childhood cancer, in January, on his fifth birthday and has been through chemotherapy, radiotherapy and major surgery, with further treatment yet to come.

The event includes banger racing, children’s race, demolition derbies – and a special race that Charlie will get to start and wave the winner’s flag for.

Other attractions include a raffle, bouncy castle and refreshments with all money going to Charlie’s appeal.

The family hope to raise a total of £300,000, as there is an 80 per cent chance that Charlie’s cancer will come back within five years of his final stretch of treatment, which starts next month.

If the cancer returns, only palliative care will be offered in the UK, and this could be the amount needed to take Charlie to America for treatment.

Grandmother Margaret Tuton, 56, said “Charlie just loves racing cars. He is in for a right treat.

“The sickness from the chemotherapy really floored him – you just weren’t looking at the same boy. But he has never once complained. He’s always kept that smile on his face.”

Charlie, who lives with his mum, sister and five-month-old brother, will be back in hospital in September for six months of immunotherapy.

n The fundraising day runs from 10am to 6.30pm. Entry is £8 for adults and £5 for children. Go to www.bmycharity.com/charliehookappeal to donate online.