Morrison’s staff in Newport who dressed in orange to collect money and support Finley Morris. Picture by Laura Holme.
BETWEEN £6,000 and £10,000 was donated towards young cancer sufferers during an awareness day for Finley Morris last Friday.
During the day, dubbed Finley’s Friday, many of the Isle of Wight schools and some businesses turned out in orange clothing.
The schools and business — including Lloyds Bank, Ryde, Costa Coffee, WeightWatchers, Dunelm Mill, Currys, PC World, Pets at Home, Brantano, Morrisons and Matalan — were hoping to increase awareness of Finley’s need for a bone marrow transplant.
All the money raised during the day went towards Clic Sargent, a cancer charity for children and young people.
Finley’s Year 2 classmates at Binstead Primary School recorded him some get well messages.
Finley’s aunt, Leki Sayers, said: "Finley is in good spirits and never complains about all the treatment he has to have. Even when he does have bad days, he still never complains.
"He really loved seeing all the photos on Facebook with everyone wearing orange in his honour and has enjoyed watching his personal messages from each of his class mates."
The next big event for Finley is the donor recruitment day at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Sunday, between 11am and 5pm.
Leki said: "The main aim of Sunday will be to get as many people as possible swabbed and on the national bone marrow register."
Alongside the testing will be a range of entertainment including Island band Cornerstone, face painters, walkabout magic, Star Wars characters, a chocolate fountain and a bouncy castle.
A huge number of potential donors is expected, with more than 1,700 people saying they will attend on the Facebook page.
There will also be a raffle with more than 160 prizes, including VIP Bestival tickets, England v Poland football tickets and more.
The money raised will be going towards Delete Blood Cancer, the charity supplying the swab tests.