Zombie celebrities help poorly Rugby boys

Brothers Bobby and Ryan Elson with Andy Walker and Clare Plumbley
Brothers Bobby and Ryan Elson with Andy Walker and Clare Plumbley

Undead celebrities will to take to the streets of Rugby to raise money for two young brothers who need expensive medical treatment.

Fundraisers are all set for the fifth Rugby Zombiethon to help Bobby Elson, ten, and brother Ryan, five, who suffer from bilateral periventricular leukomelacia and cerebral palsy.

The condition is a major cause of neurodevelopmental delay in premature babies.

Clare Plumbley, who is one of the organisers, said: “We are helping to raise the £20,000 their family need.

“The boys need surgery to help them with their everyday life but unfortunately the operations are no longer funded on the NHS.”

This year’s event in the town centre on October 26 has expanded to include the usual walk, craft stalls from local businesses, raffle, innuendo bingo and cinema area for children.

It starts from The Vault, Church Street, at 3pm.

The boys’ mother Beckie Havoc, who lives in Rugby, said: “I’ve never wanted to try and raise funds before.

“We have spent all this time just funding ourselves and accepting things the NHS provide, but over time things are getting less suitable and now we have no choice so any help would be fantastic.”

People are invited throw gunge at staff from The Vault, including manager Callum Wachowski. Entrance is £2.50 with registration from 2.30pm. Clare added: “People are welcome to come and have a look round our stalls if dressing up as a zombie isn’t their thing.”

Visit www.zombiethon.co.uk for more details.