Close shave for appeal for young Keighley cancer sufferer

Keighley News: Katie Ingham, 14, and her mum, Sarah, above, who will have her head shaved to raise cash for her nephew Callum’s appeal to help fund  his life-saving  surgery Katie Ingham, 14, and her mum, Sarah, above, who will have her head shaved to raise cash for her nephew Callum’s appeal to help fund his life-saving surgery

An aunt of young Keighley cancer sufferer Callum Ingham is having her head shaved to boost the family’s fundraising appeal.

Sarah Ingham will have her locks lopped during a special fun day in aid of the youngster.

And her 14-year-old daughter, Katie, a pupil at Oakbank School in Keighley, will have her hair dyed at the same event.

“Callum himself will be doing the shaving!” said Sarah, 38, of Ingrow.

“Myself and Katie managed to raise £180 between us in sponsorship within a couple of days, so it got off to a great start.

“We have lots planned at the fundraising day, and everybody is welcome.”

The February 25 event will take place from 11am to 3pm at Keighley Salvation Army in High Street. Attractions will include a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling, a guess-the-name-of-the-teddy competition and possibly street dancers. Refreshments will be available.

People wishing to sponsor Sarah and Katie can do so through Facebook, or call 07811 975352.

Donations, goodwill messages and offers of support have continued to flood in for eight-year-old Callum after the Keighley News highlighted his plight a fortnight ago.

The youngster has undergone surgery and chemotherapy for neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, and is now on an intensive three-week course of radiotherapy at St James’ Hospital in Leeds.

But should the battle be unsuccessful – and there is an 80 per cent chance of relapse – the family will have to look abroad, to America or Germany, for life-saving treatments not available here on the NHS.

An appeal has been launched to raise the half million pounds needed, and following initial publicity in the KN, the total more than doubled within just a couple of days.

And the amount on little Callum’s Just Giving website has now exceeded £660. And there are lots of other fundraising events in the pipeline.

“The response has been fantastic and we’re so grateful to everyone who has come forward to offer support,” said his mum, Kim Ager, 32, of Delph House in Parkwood Rise, Keighley.

“I ordered some collection buckets, and they were all snapped up. It was incredible.”

The cancer was discovered in Callum, a pupil at Parkwood Primary School in Keighley, last summer. Surgeons removed the tumour, and Callum underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but the outer edge is still active.

The family has received support from the charity Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN), which is backing the fundraising appeal.

Visit justgiving.com/CallumInghamAppeal to donate or text CALL77 and the amount – between £1 and £10 – to 70070.

If you are planning a fundraising activity, contact our newsroom via alistair.shand@keighleynews.co.uk or 01535 606611 (option three).

Visit familiesagainstneuroblastoma.org for further information about the disease.

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