A PLAY centre has held a party for a five-year-old battling cancer to raise money to help him walk again.

Zoom, in Station Road, Beaconsfield, which is closing after 17 years, held a charity bash on Friday, March 9, for Charlie Walker, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.

Owner Linda Iacobucci said: “I got a letter from Charlie’s mum asking for raffle prizes. We get a lot of letters asking for things for different charities, but I saw this one and thought we had to help.”

A year ago Charlie, who lives in Wooburn Green, was given a 15 per cent chance of surviving a brain tumour.

An operation to remove the tumour after it spread to him spine left Charlie paralysed, but his parents hope he can learn to walk again with the help of specialist physio costing up to £1,300 per session.

All money raised by Zoom’s event will go towards paying the course costs.

Charlie’s mum, Lorna Walker, said: “It’s great of Linda to have the event. Charlie used to love going to Zoom. He loved playing in the ball pit, but he can’t anymore – he can only crawl and he gets tired quickly.

“A cancellation came up for a session in March so we’re hoping Charlie can get started straight away.

“We just want to get Charlie walking again. He loved playing football, and watching Wycombe Wanderers, and he wants to be able to play with his sister again on the trampoline.”

Zoom is closing on March 16, and will be replaced by Prezzo.