A FATHER has been given a huge boost ahead of a high-risk operation after booking his dream holiday.
Colin Ketteringham, 50, of Daisy Court, Bourne, was given three years to live after being diagnosed with the degenerative condition multiple system atrophy last year.
He pledged to take his wife Louise, 36, and children George, eight, twins Jack and Chloe, seven, and Harry, 17 months, to Walt Disney World in Florida and began raising funds with the help of the Bourne and District Lions Club.
Colin will undergo a high risk operation on Tuesday to help relieve some of his pain. But there is a chance he may not survive, so he was keen to reach his fundraising total before going into surgery.
And after generous donations totalling more than £7,500 from businesses, clubs and individuals in the Bourne area and a helping hand from Thomson Holidays, Colin reached his £9,000 target and has now booked his holiday.
If the operation is a success, Colin, Louise and their children, along with Colin’s two other children Ben, 25, and Emma, 26, will jet off to Florida for three weeks on October 4.
Colin thanked all those who had donated to his cause, saying it was a “dream” holiday. He added: “This has given me something positive to take into the operation on Tuesday.”
Support for the Ketteringham Holiday of a Lifetime Fund is still coming in. A sealed auction with a range of prizes raised £500. Colin’s wife Louise and a number of other friends and family will take part in a sponsored skydive on Sunday.
Specsavers in the Burghley Centre, Bourne, is running a name the bear competition, a bucket collection and “spec MOTs” in return for donations.
Store director Ian Stradling said: “Mr Ketteringham has already raised the £9,000 needed for the holiday, but we’re still committed to fundraising as the more money the Ketteringham family have for the holiday the better.
“I’d like to welcome everyone in the community to pop in and show their support.”
Colin added: “Specsavers took it upon themselves to raise funds for me, which I am truly grateful for. I just went in needing new glasses.”
And the family will be able to capture their holiday forever thanks to a donation of a memory box underwater camera and photo albums from daughter Chloe’s brownies group.
Colin hopes to donate any money left over following the holiday to other worthy causes.
He thanked the Royal British Legion for funding a mobility scooter and electric bed to help him in everyday life.
Some items from the auction have not yet been sold. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Visit www.bournelions.org.uk to donate to the Ketteringham fund.