Tragic tale brings out the Buffaloes

Fund raisers supporting Calle Cheatham, Santa, Jamie and Amanda Flint, Wayne Wilkinson
Fund raisers supporting Calle Cheatham, Santa, Jamie and Amanda Flint, Wayne Wilkinson

A HEART-BREAKING tale of a three-year-old girl’s debilitating brain tumour battle has prompted an overwhelming community effort in support of the youngster and her family.

Skegness tot Calle Cheatham underwent brain surgery on the life-threatening tumour, but doctors were unable to remove it entirely.

The unsuccessful procedure left her speech impaired and requiring a tracheotomy, but she has kept fighting and is currently receiving chemotherapy at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Her tragic story has tugged on the heart strings of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes’ (RAOB) local branch members who hope to raise £2,000 to support the young family in their time of need.

Ken Hammond said: “Going through chemotherapy is an ordeal even for an adult so you can imagine how hard it must be for a three-year-old girl.”

Calle’s mother is staying in hospital with her daughter, leaving her father struggling to juggle work commitments with looking after the family’s other three children.

To help the family with travel costs and other expenses, the ROAB’s Charles Farmer Branch have organised car boot sales, raffles and will be holding a race night at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Skegness, in the New Year.

Ken also requested Amanda Flint of Hairs and Grace’s Salon in Chapel St Leonards to join in the fund raising efforts.

Amanda said: “He asked me to help and as soon as he said it was for a little girl, I had to help. I’ve got a little boy of my own so it really tugs at the heart strings.”

Amanda quickly took to the fund raising task by selling a doll’s house and organising a lucky dip at the salon last Saturday, and has already raised £185. She hopes to build on that total when one of her staff members Wayne Wilkinson takes part in a sponsored leg wax at 3pm on New Year’s Eve.

Collection buckets for the cause have been left around Chapel St Leonards at the chip shop, The Grange Hotel, and Chapel Bingo. The ROAB have also left collection buckets at Copperama and Cards and Gift in Skegness.

If you would like to help support Calle and her family you can also contact Ken on 01754 871910.