AN APPEAL has been set up to help a father suffering from a rare terminal condition take his family to Walt Disney World - and Mercury readers have been asked to help out.
Colin Ketteringham, 50, of Daisy Court, Bourne, was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy last year. 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.
Former lorry driver and serviceman Colin, who has lived in Bourne all his life, said: “We have never been on holiday as a family before, through work and other things. We have had weekends away but that is as far is it goes.
“We wanted to do something the children would remember. We want photos and memories while they are young enough to still believe in things like Mickey Mouse.”
The couple approached the Bourne and District Lions Club, which raises funds for good causes, for help paying for the trip. The club was happy to help and decided to set up the Ketteringham Holiday of a Lifetime Fund, starting the ball rolling with a £400 donation.
Community chairman for the Lions, Graham Crane, said: “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.
Colin has also featured in the pages of the Mercury before, during the 1990s for his work delivering aid into Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.
The Bourne and District Lions Club is in the process of setting up a bank account for the Ketteringham Holiday of a Lifetime Fund.
If you would like to donate in the meantime, please contact community chairman Graham Crane on 07851 425253 or e-mail email@example.com
The fund to help the Ketteringham family is growing.
The ladies section of Bourne and district Lions Club has given £400 and there have been donations of £200 from Bullimores Sand and Gravel and £500 from the Professional Drivers’ Association.
Sixteen of Colin’s friends and family are planning a sponsored skydive in August and Bailey Etchell Signs in Mays Road, Bourne, has put a sign about the fund on display at the Eurowash Hand Car Wash in Cherryholt Road.
Car wash staff have agreed to collect money as well.
Colin said: “I have limited time and I had heard of people being helped to go on holiday, so I approached the Lions and they were more than happy to help.
“I couldn’t believe how much they had donated straight away. I want to thank everyone for their support so far.”
Mary Holmes of the Bourne Darby and Joan Club has decided to hold a fundraising bingo night on June 9.
The children’s school, Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, is hoping to get involved with the fund and support has also been offered by the Royal British Legion and by Colin’s next door neighbour, who plays darts at the Burghley Arms pub.