‘We didn’t stop at all’ - Five-year-old boy dances for 13.5 miles to raise money for woman with cancer

Mum Lee Holt and her son Oak are avid dancers. Photo: Lee Holt

Mum Lee Holt and her son Oak are avid dancers. Photo: Lee Holt - Credit: Archant

A five-year-old was moved by the story of a local woman with cancer to do a charity fundraising dance.

Oak Holt wanted to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Photo: Lee Holt

Oak Holt wanted to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Photo: Lee Holt - Credit: Archant

Oak Holt, five, goes to Worlingham Primary School, and is an avid dancer and charity fundraiser.

On July 25, he attended a community fundraiser with his family for Mia Zandi, a woman who is suffering from cancer after already having beaten the disease three times.

His mum, Lee Holt, said: "She had a brain tumour, fought it and won, it returned and she fought it again and it came back again this year in June.

"But she's a real positive young woman, always smiling. We went to the fundraiser day of dance for her in Carlton Colville. My little boy Oak is a big fan of dancing and though he didn't partake on that day he loved it - they raised over £10,000 on that day."

Oak Holt, 5, goes to Worlingham Primary School. Photo: Lee Holt

Oak Holt, 5, goes to Worlingham Primary School. Photo: Lee Holt - Credit: Archant


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Oak told his mum he then wanted to raise some money personally for Mia and for teenagers with cancer.

"He said I'm going to dance, I won't do a sponsored walk, I'll do a dance," said Mrs Holt.

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With his mum and grandad, Oak danced for 13.5 miles between Beccles and Oulton Broad in just one day.

Mrs Holt said: "We set off at 9.30am and got back at 6.30pm. We didn't stop at all, not at all. We've raised just under £250 so far, and there's a gofundmelink so we hope to reach £400.

Mum Lee Holt said her son Oak was "a really positive little boy who likes a challenge". Photo: Lee H

Mum Lee Holt said her son Oak was "a really positive little boy who likes a challenge". Photo: Lee Holt - Credit: Archant

"When Oak got back he said he wanted to do more, he said he wanted to do a parachute and I said 'no way.'"

Lee Holt is a trained dancer who has passed on her passion to her son. She is also currently studying towards a healthcare degree.

She said: "We're already thinking of other ways he can raise money, other dances. Oak is just a really positive little boy who likes a challenge,"

You can donate to Oak for his charity dance here, or you can find out more information on fundraising for Mia Zandi by searching 'Dream Big for Mia' on Facebook.

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