08:20AM, Thursday 29 May 2014
Kind-hearted Advertiser readers thrown their support behind a campaign to raise £150,000 for pioneering treatment that could save the life of a brain tumour dad.
The family of Matt Rackley say he is thrilled with the response from the community after news of the drive to fund cutting-edge proton therapy in America, a procedure not available on the NHS, was featured on last week's front page.
The 24-year-old dad of one-year-old Freddie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012 and at the time doctors gave him just two years to live.
But the battling self-employed electrician from Cookham, inspired by his baby son and devoted partner Hollie Gemmel, is determined to do all he can to beat the tumour.
Standard radiotherapy would damage tissue surrounding the tumour, leaving the specialist US treatment as one of the family's last options.
Their fundraising mission, headed by brother Chris and backed by charity Kids 'n' Cancer, stood at £7,500 but has jumped to more than £25,000 since their story was printed in the Advertiser.
Chris, 22, said his brother is thrilled with the support shown.
"He's over the moon," he said.
"He has been in his shell for quite a while with everything. He kept it to himself, did not tell any of his friends."
"Now he's got it off his chest, it's a massive weight off for him. He looks better for it and he sounds better for it."
The Matt's Fund mission is now in full swing.
Hollie has raised an extra £1,000, by promising to do a sky dive on Friday, June 27, in Swindon.
Chris and his mates have 'covered' Maidenhead and Windsor with leaflets and posters donated to them from Flowprint based on the Boyn Valley Industrial Estate in Boyn Valley Road.
On Saturday (May 31) The Teapot Cafe in New Market is giving all money taken from tea and coffee sales to the charity, while Chris and his gang of fundraisers will also be in the town centre collecting money.
Former Cox Green School pupil Chris said: "You look at £150,000 and you think that is a lot of money, but it just seems so much more do-able with every little bit."
Visit justgiving.com/mattsfunding to donate.
Fundraising events organised so far:
Saturday (May 31): Tea Pot Cafe, New Market, Maidenhead.
All proceeds from tea and coffee sales at the Tea Pot Cafe to go to Matt’s Fund.
Sunday (June 1) : Mind Body and Spirit Fayre, Monkey Island Hotel, Bray. Collection taken on door for Matt’s Fund.
Saturday, June 14: Matt Rackley Charity Cup, Farnham Park, Slough. Charity football tournament and hog-roast to raise money.
Saturday, June 14: Slough Firefighters are having a charity car wash at the station in Tuns Lane, Slough, to raise money for Matt’s Fund.
Saturday, August 2: Race Night, Bar Sport, King Street, Maidenhead.
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