Residents of Elsie Hazel Court organised an all day fundraising event, including a bingo session, party night and huge raffle and donated £880 to Callum's Appeal.
Five year old Callum Kaye from Penhill has a rare brain cancer; Medulloblastoma. No further treatment is available in the UK and the family are pinning their hopes on cutting edge techniques available at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. An appeal was launched in November initially aiming to raise a deposit of £175,000 which has to be paid before treatment can begin.
When she heard about the appeal, Gill Russan decided she wanted to help. "I thought to myself, it could be one of my grandkids. When we have someone in Swindon like Callum, I think we should do something for him."
His grandmother, Jackie Kaye, collected the cheque. "We have been overwhelmed by the response of people in Swindon. It's amazing; we can't thank everybody enough. I've no doubt we'll reach our target."
The campaign is gathering momentum and the family hopes to travel to the States in April. Meanwhile, Callum is beginning to recover from a severe fit in October which left him paralysed. Now following a whole food, organic diet, the family have been amazed at the improvement. Doctors did not expect him to regain movement, but after four weeks on his new diet, he was able to crawl and had taken a few tentative steps. The number of fits he has each day has fallen from thirty to one.
The healthy eating regime was recommended to the family by campaign organiser, Kevin Wright, whose son has been treated for the same cancer.