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Mum humbled by King of the Cup support for sick Callum Doe

The mother of a 13-year-old boy, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, has thanked the organisers of a popular Diss football competition for their support.

Callum, who was a mascot at Norwich City’s game against Reading on Wednesday, with Bobby Kilkenny. Picture: Mecha Morton
Callum, who was a mascot at Norwich City’s game against Reading on Wednesday, with Bobby Kilkenny. Picture: Mecha Morton

Michelle Doe’s son, Callum, was admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Christmas Eve and diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Forty-five-year-old Michelle said: “He was a bit poorly leading up to Christmas and then, on Christmas Eve, it took a turn for the worse.”

Callum underwent surgery on December 28, followed by 13 days of radiotherapy in January.

The family had planned to go to Majorca this summer, but, due to Callum’s treatment, he will no longer be able to fly.

The organisers of King of the Cup, a football competition, have decided to raise money for the Diss youngster in order to help Callum visit places in the UK that are on his wish list.

“It is quite humbling that there are so many people out there who want to help us and we don’t really know them,” said Mrs Doe.

“We are just an ordinary family who had something awful happen. I would like to think that I would help other people if I could. It’s just lovely for us that there are people who care.”

The main faces behind the event are Bobby Kilkenny, Craig Daniels, Benjamin Hunt, Gary Gorman, Lee Farrell and his wife, Charlene.

Joint organiser Bobby said: “A lot of worthy local causes were put forward, but Callum just stood out.

“Over the years, King of the Cup has become something that we never planned for and the fact that we can raise money for people like Callum is brilliant.”

The family have so far visited Blackpool, Disneyland Paris and Center Parcs and they will take a trip to London this week to watch the musical Aladdin.

King of the Cup takes place at Rectory Meadow in Diss on Friday, April 19 and the money raised will go directly towards Callum’s cause.

“A big thank you, especially to Bobby and Lee and all the organisers for getting behind us,” added Mrs Doe.

The event, which will again include a junior and main King of the Cup tournament, will feature a bar, bouncy castles, a barbecue, a DJ and a raffle.

John Doe Furniture of Diss is offering a six seat outdoor dining set, worth £1,499, for the raffle to help raise money for Callum.

For more information, visit King of the Cup 2019 on Facebook.

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