DONATIONS have been pouring in to help a terminally ill father take his young family to Walt Disney World.
Colin Ketteringham, 50, of Daisy Court, Bourne, suffers from multiple system atrophy.
The degenerative condition affects nerve cells in the brain leading to loss of movement and bodily functions. It affects about 3,000 people in Britain.
Doctors told Colin he had just three years to live, but that having something positive to focus on would help.
So he and his wife Louise, 36, decided they would try to raise enough money to take their children George, eight, twins Jack and Chloe, seven, and Harry, 15 months, to Walt Disney World in Florida next year.
The Bourne and District Lions Club agreed to set up a bank account for the Ketteringham Holiday of a Lifetime Fund and last week the Mercury appealed for readers to open their hearts and help Colin out.
And after an initial £800 gift from the Lions and their ladies group, donations have not stopped coming in.
Cheques totalling £1,700 have been handed over by individuals, Colin’s former employers in Bourne and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association charity.
Colin was not able to talk for long this week, but was very grateful to all who had donated.
Community chairman for the Lions, Graham Crane, helped set up the fund. He said: “We have had donations from a lot of different groups, which is great news.”
“This holiday and fund would be a legacy to be proud of. We have been doing deserving holiday breaks for some time and we already have 10 people going away this summer. They are people of all shapes and sizes who are all deserving.”
Colin is a well-known face around the Bourne area. He was a pupil at Bourne Secondary School, which is now the Bourne Academy. He played football for the school and held a shot-put record there for about 14 years.
The Lions are still in the process of setting up a bank account for the Kettering Holiday of a Lifetime Fund. In the meantime visit www.bournelions.org.uk to donate.