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Community holds first event in Watton to fundraise for boy with cancer

PUBLISHED: 19:35 27 November 2016 | UPDATED: 19:35 27 November 2016

Organisers Jamie Bell and Katrina Kerslake, with a military jeep at Caleb's Car Fest., a fundraiser for five-year-old Caleb McCulloch who has cancer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Organisers Jamie Bell and Katrina Kerslake, with a military jeep at Caleb's Car Fest., a fundraiser for five-year-old Caleb McCulloch who has cancer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A community has rallied round to help a five-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer enjoy as many special events from his bucket list as possible.

And the first one to be ticked off the wish list was a classic car fest - featuring everything from Minis to American jeeps and police cars- which was organised by Katrina Kerslake at the T-Bar on the Norwich Road industrial estate in Watton yesterday.

Caleb McCulloch was first diagnosed with rhabdomoysarcoma in August 2015, a type of cancer which affected his jaw, ribs and bone marrow.

Following aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy he went into remission nine months later, but after a serious seizure in July doctors discovered the cancer was back with a vengeance – with three tumours growing on his brain.

Ms Kerslake, who runs the bar with partner Jamie Bell, said: “I overheard the story, investigated further, and could not believe it was happening on my doorstep. I felt it was time the community spirit came alive in Watton, and the car fest was born. We hope to raise about £1,000 from it.”

Caleb’s mother Kirsty took her son to the event and said afterwards she had been overwhelmed by the support the Watton family, which also includes Caleb’s step-dad Jason, had received.

She said: “We are now hopeful that Caleb can get his bucket list finished. He loved playing on the various vintage vehicles. I think his favourites were the US jeep and the blue Nissan. But he’s really tired now.”

Car owners who brought their vehicles to the event included David Ross, from Lakenheath in Suffolk,

He said: “I wanted to bring my silver Mitsubishi G20, which dates back to 1990, because the story caught my eye, and I have a son called Caleb, who is 10. If you hear about something like this, it plucks at your heartstrings.”

Meanwhile, Derek Cooper, from Norwich, brought along his 1986 Ford Crown Victoria, which briefly featured in the Hollywood movie, The Infiltrator, which starred Bryan Cranston.

Caleb is currently undergoing a chemotherapy trial at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge – should this fail, he may only have months to live.

His bucket list includes stroking and holding a baby crocodile, driving a tank, being a palaeontologist, meeting actor and presenter Robson Green, publishing a book about his journey, going to Jurassic Park in Orlando and meeting wildlife TV presenter Nigel Marven.

To donate to Caleb go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/calebs-biggestfight

Are you fundraising for a worthy cause? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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