A TERMINALLY ill father had an emotional day when he appeared on television to talk about his condition and his dream of taking his family on holiday.
Colin Ketteringham, 50, of Daisy Court, Bourne, 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 after he was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy last year.
Colin’s doctor gave him just three years to live with the degenerative condition, which affects nerve cells in the brain leading to loss of movement and bodily functions.
On Friday, Colin and his family appeared on ITV’s This Morning to speak about his condition and the Ketteringham Holiday of a Lifetime Fund, which was set up by the Bourne and District Lions to help Colin pay for his dream holiday.
Colin, Louise and presenters Kate Thornton and John Barrowman were in tears as the former lorry driver got a surprise visit from his children.
The family then got a second surprise when they were given an envelope of Thomson holiday vouchers to help them towards their dream.
Speaking today (Monday), Colin said: “It was a very nice and emotional surprise. The presenters were in tears.
“The programme has touched a lot of people. On Thursday I had 23 followers on Twitter and now I have more than 500, just from the show.”
Colin is now waiting to see what the holiday vouchers are worth but hopes to combine them with the Ketteringham Holiday of a Lifetime Fund to take his whole family to Florida this year.
The fund is still open and any money that is not used for the holiday will be donated to other worthy causes. To donate, visit www.bournelions.org.uk.