Community rallies round for Antonio

Sarah Rego, Michael and Antonio
Sarah Rego, Michael and Antonio

The parents of an eight-year-old boy with terminal cancer can now afford his funeral and service, thanks to dozens of kind-hearted Bucks Herald readers.

Sarah Rego, whose son Antonio is dying of a brain tumour, made a heartfelt appeal for a horse and carriage, with the hope of giving her son ‘the best send-off they could think of’.

Ms Rego says she has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have come forward wanting to help, and their kindness has even brought Antonio’s father to tears.

“The fact that so many people have come forward to help my son is really amazing,” she said.

“We’ve had such an incredible response I can’t even believe it. People have been so very generous. It’s such a wonderful feeling knowing that so many people care. We’ve even had people call us up just to give us their love and to tell us they are thinking of us.

“One man came forward from a charity called Alec’s Angels, whose own son passed away. He brought in a donation of £500, and it turned out we knew him, as his son had 
radiotherapy at the same time as Anton. It was so lovely just to see a familiar face again.”

A white horse and carriage has also been donated to the family, as well as money to pay for the service and headstone.

Children from Aston Clinton School, which Antonio attended, have also raised more than £500 from a village sale they organised on their own.