The Harefield community came together and raised thousands for an eight-year-old with a cancer tumour named Boris, with a magical Disney twist.
Villagers raised over £5,000 at Jess's Disney Day on Saturday (May 21) with a 13-mile walk dressed in fairytale costume, followed by a quiz and disco.
Brave Jessica Shepherd, who's cancer has returned for a fourth time, captured the hearts of her community, who hope to help pay for her treatment, should she need to undergo injections in America.
The eight-year-old is currently receiving chemotherapy at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for her tumour, nicknamed 'Boring Boris' because it keeps coming back , and may need £120,000 follow up injections stateside .
The Disney Day was kicked off by the newly-appointed Mayor of Hillingdon , Cllr John Hensley, and the Mayoress at 10am.
Co-organiser, Teresa King, a family friend and fellow Harefield resident, said: “The turnout was amazing, it couldn't have been better.
“We had a 150 people doing the walk and around 250 people came out for the whole day. It was superb and overwhelming.
“Jess came out and looked stunning – she had a beautiful Cinderella dress on and although she was tired, she found some energy and was bouncing around. She was amazing.
“The Mayor and Mayoress came up to meet us and started the walk for us and off we all went!”
Harefield did Jess 'proud'
Among the costumes were Ariel, Rapunzel, Jack Sparrow and Belle on the 13-mile walk, which took six hours to complete.
Ms King added: “Everyone really tried with their costumes and Jess couldn't believe it because her and her sister turned up as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and me and Keri, the organisers, were also Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella!
“In the evening, children were invited to quiz and then we had an adult's only disco afterwards.
“There is a video rendition of Let It Go from Frozen. It was amazing and there was also a lot of tears shed.”
Jess's family were 'awestruck' at the response to the event, and say Harefield has done her proud.
Her nan, who does not wish to be named, said: “The whole village was there, it was brilliant. They seem to be pulling out all stops for her.
“She's had her first cycle of treatment in her trial and had nasty side effects but she's recovering slowly from that.
“But she was a princess for the day and we're hoping she'll be able to go to the football next week as well, fingers crossed. She really enjoyed herself.”
Jess, who can only walk for a certain amount of time before she gets tired, took time out of treatment to wave off the walkers and cheer them on, and even had a tractor ride.
“Only in Harefield!” her nan said. “People from the village, even if they've moved out, are coming back for these events and all her teachers supported it.”
Tumour 'Boring Boris' won't go away
Jess was first diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer, neuroblastoma, aged just three years old, and named her tumour Boring Boris, when it kept returning as it: "won't go away and keeps coming back”.
He also posed for a picture with Jess, allowing her to hit him on the head with a blow-up hammer , in reference to their slogan 'Help Jess Beat Boris'.
The next fundraising event will be Jess's Fantasy Football match on Saturday (May 28) which will see Harefieldians take on Rowlands Legends, a team of ex-professional footballers.
For more information on the events and to donate, visit their crowdfunding page .