TELEVISION presenter helps ill man’s fund

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A TELEVISION presenter has joined the cause to help a terminally ill man take his family on the holiday of a lifetime.

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, 16 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 after being diagnosed with the degenerative condition, which affects nerve cells in the brain leading to loss of movement and bodily functions.

The Bourne and District Lions Club set up the Ketteringham Holiday of a Lifetime Fund to help Colin take his family to Florida and the fund now stands at about £7,600.

Colin is holding an auction to try and help him reach his £9,000 target before a high-risk operation on August 21 and he has thanked family friend, former National Lottery presenter Sarah Cawood who has agreed to help find prizes.

Colin said: “A friend of ours knows Sarah’s sister-in-law so she got in touch and told her about my situation.

“The offer of help came to me, Sarah said she was happy to help.

“I feel very privileged that she would help. It’s not every day of the week you get help like that.”

Colin will undergo an operation on August 21 that should help to relieve much of his pain.

But there is a risk he will die during the procedure and he is keen to hit his fundraising target before he goes into surgery.

He added: “I am hoping to get the funds sorted by then, so if something does happen I know that Louise and the kids can honour my dream when they are ready.”

Colin has not yet set a date for the auction, but prizes already include a VIP trip to V Festival on August 18 and a VIP night at the famous Sugar Hut nightclub in Essex.

For details on how to donate to the fund, visit www.bournelions.org.uk