14 August 2013
Callum held a glam charity night for Macmillan Cancer Support after his Mum was diagnosed with cancer in September 2012.
'Never in a million years did they think that Cancer would affect “our” family, it was a total shock', Callum said. Throughout her treatment, (chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy) the whole family has received invaluable support from the Macmillan Cancer Support team. Not only have they helped their mum through some tough times they have always been there to offer help support and advice for Callum, his sister and his dad.
Callum said, ‘The charity night is our way of saying thank you. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this night a huge success without your help I would not of been able to raise the £4000 for Macmillan. Hopefully I will be organising another charity event next year.’
Callum has also inspired other people to raise funds as well. Callum said ‘My cousin Liam Crow decided to shave all of his hair off and remain bald for as long as my Mam was without hair. He managed to raise over £500 for Macmillan. My dad, Peter, is due to take part in Macmillan’s Longest Day Challenge. This involves him and three of his friends playing four rounds of golf in one day at Durham City Golf Club – good luck with that dad. My sister Chloe has also got the fundraising bug, she recently completed a charity 5K run. Good luck to the remaining members of our family who will be taking part in the Great North Run for Breast Cancer. My mam’s work colleagues at Frankland Prison, have been fundraising as well by holding Baking days.’
Michelle Muir Fundraising manager for County Durham said ‘It has been an absolute pleasure supporting Callum and his family in organising this event. He is such and inspiration to other people, he only thought it would raise £1,000!’
Callum also said ‘It seems as if everyone who knows my mam and our family have all been inspired by her determination and attitude not to let cancer rule her life. But even though my mam has finished all of her treatment now and is well on the way to making a full recovery I don’t think she will ever be able to thank Macmillan enough for just being there.’