A TERMINALLY ill father is less than £2,000 away from realising his dream of taking 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.
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 £7,200 after a £4,000 donation from the Bourne Round Table.
Colin has worked out that the holiday will cost about £9,000 and is hopeful the fund will reach that target in the next couple of weeks.
The Round Table presented the cheque to Colin on Monday, only hours after he found out he would need an operation in July.
Colin said: “The response has been fantastic so far. We are so close. The Round Table donation turned a very bad morning into a brilliant afternoon.”
He originally hoped to take his family on holiday next year but is now keen to get it booked for October before his condition gets too bad for him to travel.
Round Table press officer Richard Ludlow said: “Bourne and District Round Table are so pleased that our donation of £4,000 has gone a long way to support Colin, Louise and the children in their quest for this very worthwhile cause.
“When my colleagues met the Ketteringhams this week they were so very impressed with the bravery of the whole family and this has reconfirmed to the whole of the Bourne and District Round Table why we put the hard work into raising funds.
“We have promised to keep in touch with Colin and Louise to check on the progress of their fund because we know that time is a critical factor and we want to see this fantastic family’s wishes come true.”
Colin’s friends have also rallied round to try and support the cause. A group will take part in a sponsored skydive in August and school friend Daryn White, of Spalding Road, Bourne, has organised a darts night at the Burghley Arms for July 29.
Daryn said: “When I read the story in the Mercury I decided I had to help out.”
To donate to the fund and help Colin and his family reach their target, send a cheque payable to Lions Ketteringham Holiday Fund to Bourne and District Lions Club, PO Box 57, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9HB.