Massive 'thank you' as Matt's Fund hits £150,000 target

Massive 'thank you' as Matt's Fund hits £150,000 target

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Michael Owens

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Massive 'thank you' as Matt's Fund hits £150,000 target

A massive 'thank you' has been sent out to generous fundraisers after their 'overwhelming' support helped the family of Matt Rackley reach their £150,000 target to pay for life-saving treatment for him.

Matt Rackley (centre) with brother Chris, partner Hollie and son Freddie. The family has thanked everyone for their support but there is still a long way to go.

The 24-year-old lives in Maidenhead with his partner Hollie and their one-year-old son Freddie.

Two years ago he was diagnosed with a brain tumour that cannot be removed through surgery.

News that his life could be saved with state-of-the-art proton therapy radiation treatment in America kick-started a fundraising drive in May.

An explosion of support, donations and events sent cash flooding in and the £150,000 target was passed on Tuesday.

The campaign was led by Matt's brother Chris, 22, from Cox Green, who said the response to Matt's Fund was 'overwhelming'.

He said his sibling is 'a different person' compared to 13 weeks ago.

"I suppose I felt a bit intimidated about it all," Matt said.

"I thought people might take advantage but they've done completely the opposite.

"I've been looked after and everyone is supporting me."

However, the hard work has not finished yet.

The family are trying to raise extra cash to pay for Matt's medical bills in America.

They could need another £100-150,000 to cover extra costs.

If Matt requires time in intensive care bills could hit $5-10,000 a night.

"If I had the chance I'd send him out tomorrow," said Chris.

"We've just got to do a bit more."

If the treatment goes smoothly Matt may not need all that cash, but he cannot be admitted without it.

Any money left over will be used for aftercare or donated to another good cause.

The family is working with the Kids 'n' Cancer charity and its founder, Mike Hyman, said he would 'battle' to make sure Matt's treatment is secured as soon as possible.

"He's got a young son who deserves to see his dad grow up," he said.

The next charity event for Matt is a charity cricket match and fun day on Sunday at Pinkneys Green Cricket Club.

Visit mattsfund.co.uk for a full list of upcoming events or the justgiving page to donate.

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