DOZENS of walkers will be trekking nearly 30 miles from Worcester to Birmingham to raise money for two donor charities in recognition of their support for brave school pupil Oscar Saxelby-Lee.

Thousands of people from across the UK were swabbed by DKMS and Anthony Nolan to find a stem cell donor following a public appeal by the five-year-old’s parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee.

Oscar, of Pitmaston Primary School, has an aggressive form of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, but was briefly cancer free following the transplant in the summer before it returned.

He is now in a race against time to raise £500,000 for a life-saving CAR-T trial in Singapore within a month or he could be too weak to travel and undergo the treatment.

Sarah Price is leading the Oscar’s Worcester Walkers on Saturday from 7am, walking from Worcestershire Royal Hospital, along the canal and to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, having raised £4,000 online.

“We organised this way before Oscar’s awful news but all the money will go towards helping all the children and adults who need it,” said Ms Price, 46, whose daughter Freya is in Oscar’s class.

A total of 70 walkers will be reaching the QE, but five will be starting out from Alvechurch to do the last eight miles.

The walkers will have buckets collecting money along the way, which will go towards Oscar’s current appeal and swab stations at the QE and in Alvechurch will allow those who haven’t already to sign up.

Ms Price estimates the walk will take eight to 12 hours and she has been training for about three weeks, including hill walking.

“A lot of people have said they’ve been training but I’ve said if anyone can’t make it the whole way it’s fine, it’s about raising awareness.”

She had been involved in organising the swab event in May at Pitmaston and said she was overwhelmed by how many people turned out.

“There’s so many of us who have become friends through all this, it’s such a horrible ordeal but it has brought the community together in a massive way.

Oscar’s parents believe the trial, not available on the NHS, would be “the cure” for their son as it has shown good results with B-cell leukaemia patients.

Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal should visit