Donations start to come in for Kieran’s brain tumour appeal

APPEAL LIFTOFF: Kieran Taylor (front) at St John's Primary School, Spalding, with classmates and teacher Joanne Blackbourn.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG290317-105TW.
APPEAL LIFTOFF: Kieran Taylor (front) at St John's Primary School, Spalding, with classmates and teacher Joanne Blackbourn. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG290317-105TW.
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The generosity of South Holland people is bringing cheer to a Deeping St Nicholas youngster who faces medical treatment in the USA.

Last week, the Spalding Guardian launched an appeal to raise at least £10,000 for Kieran Taylor (seven) and his family who are due to fly to Florida where he is to undergo therapy for a rare brain tumour in May.

Steve and Karen Taylor (Kieran’s parents) have been very active members of our Friends of the School, giving of their own time and support to help the wider school community

Paul Reid, Headteacher, St John the Baptist Primary School, Spalding

So far, readers have donated £100 through the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund to meet the family’s living expenses, travel insurance, visas and air fare for Kieran’s sister Caitlin (nine).

This is on top of the £500 pledged by the Guardian through the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund, bringing the grand total raised together by us and the family to £900.

The family has also received £300 in other donations and Karen Taylor, Kieran’s mum, said: “Things aren’t going too badly and we’ve set up a JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kieransfunding) through which we’ve had £100.

“We also had £200 given to us by Deeping St Nicholas Parish Church on Sunday.”

Kieran’s treatment for craniopharyngioma, a brain tumour that can cause unpredictable behaviour, eyesight problems and weight gain, is being funded by the NHS which is also paying for flights and accommodation for Kieran and his parents.

Their employers are letting them go to the USA with their son, but they will not be paid during their estimated ten-week stay while Kieran is treated.

Paul Reid, headteacher at St John the Baptist Primary School, Spalding, where Kieran is a pupil, said: “The family is well-known to St John’s as we have Kieran’s elder sister at the school, too.

“For many years, Steve and Karen have been very active members of our Friends of the School – giving of their own time and support to help the wider school community.

“Now it is time to give them a little back and we will look at ways to raise money to support Kieran and his family.”

You can make donations by cash or cheque to the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund by sending them to ‘Kieran Appeal’, Spalding Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.