Lee Ketteringham rises to 24-hour pool challenge to help save the life of Jamie, six

Lee Ketteringham has his sights set on completing a 24 hour pool marathon to raise money for Jamie Andrews who needs a bone marrow transplant
Lee Ketteringham has his sights set on completing a 24 hour pool marathon to raise money for Jamie Andrews who needs a bone marrow transplant

A MAN will put his pool skills to the test to help save the life of his friend’s son.

Lee Ketteringham, 33, of William Court, Stamford, will play as many games of pool as he can in the space of 24 hours on February 4 and 5 at the Drum and Monkey pub.

He wants to raise money to help six-year-old Jamie Andrews, son of childhood friend Sarah Allen and Dan Andrews.

Jamie, who lives in Peterborough, suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, an incurable disease which starves his body of oxygen.

He is forced to undergo regular blood transfusions and was rushed to hospital over the festive season after picking up an infection.

His parents are trying to raise money for a saviour sibling, a baby born through IVF who will be a suitable bone marrow donor.

It is the only hope of a cure for Jamie, whose condition is complicated by another genetic disorder. He is not expected to live past his teenage years without it.

The family needs to raise about £13,000 for treatment and recently hit the £9,000 mark.

Lee, who volunteers for Teenzone in Stamford and the Rutland Youth Service, hopes to get Jamie’s parents closer to their target. He said: “I felt like I had been lucky in life and I should do something to help someone who had been less fortunate.

“I have worked out that I could play about 150 games over the 24 hours and I would like to think I can win about half of them.

“A lot of people have sponsored me per game and some are giving me money for the 24 hours.”

Lee will have help during the challenge from his pool team, who have agreed to come and play him during the night.

Anyone who has sponsored him has been invited to come down and have a game and Lee says anyone who wants to come along and challenge him is welcome.

Lee has known Jamie’s mother Sarah since his schooldays. He added: “Sarah was thrilled to bits when I told her what I was doing.”

If you would like to sponsor Lee or want to come down and help him with his challenge, call 07786 516851 or e-mail kettyuk@sky.com.

Jamie is thought to be the only person in the world suffering from his combined problems.

To find out more about his condition and help his parents’ appeal, visit www.thejamieandrewsappeal.co.uk