The mother of a boy with leukaemia said it feels like the country is behind them, after thousands bid to be stem cell donors to find him a match.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee, from Worcester, needs a transplant within three months of chemotherapy or his chances of survival will “severely diminish”.

His mother, Olivia, said the five-year-old’s family was “overwhelmed” by the generosity of everyone taking part.

“Without their support, Oscar’s life is at risk,” she said.

“It is incredible, my thanks go out to everybody.”

More than 6,000 people were swabbed at events in Worcester and more events are planned, including one at Worcester University on Thursday.

The swabs will be tested and anyone identified as a potential match will be contacted.

Often, a close family member can donate the cells but neither

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