09:50AM, Friday 06 June 2014
Charity events have raised thousands of pounds to pay for treatment that could save the life of a young brain tumour dad.
Businesses are helping raise money to send seriously ill Matt Rackley, 24, to America for a cutting-edge £150,000 treatment not available on the NHS.
On Saturday the Teapot Cafe in New Market raised £400 through tea and coffee sales, with a further £100 left in a bucket by customers.
On the same day Matt's brother Chris and his team of fundraisers were out in the town centre collecting cash, raising £2,122.
Chris said: "The support in the town was truly overwhelming. From the lady that saw us setting up and handed us £200 without saying a word, to young girl in the Teapot that gave half her wages as a donation.
"Everyone has really come together to help my brother."
More cash was collected by the Ivy Leaf Club, Marks and Spencer, The Chartered Institute of Marketing and at a Mind Body and Spirit Fayre.
Chris, 22, from Cox Green added that a £5,000 donation is coming which will put total fundraising over the £40,000 mark.
Chris has organised a fun-day at Ockwells Park on Sunday, August 3. The day includes a raffle, football tournament and hog roast.
Boxer Motor Company in Reform Road has also pledged to donate £3 to the fund for every MOT it carries out in June.
Family and friends have launched Matt's Fund to pay for the treatment, which is one of the family's last options.
They have raised nearly £40,000 through collections and online donations.
Visit justgiving.com/mattsfunding to donate.
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