Cash boost in name of teen cancer footballer

BOY DUNN WELL -- Kris Dunn (centre) with his best friend Ben Davies (left) and his family, mum Kim, dad Keith and sisters Bethany and Berni Dunn at the fundraising day -- DISPIC NHUD12-2116-1
BOY DUNN WELL -- Kris Dunn (centre) with his best friend Ben Davies (left) and his family, mum Kim, dad Keith and sisters Bethany and Berni Dunn at the fundraising day -- DISPIC NHUD12-2116-1
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A FUND in aid of a hospital ward where a Bulwell teenager is being treated for bone cancer now totals about £2,500.

Kris Dunn, of Squires Avenue, suffered an injury while playing for Bulwell Rangers Under-16s Football Club in the Young Elizabethan League last season.

He was at first diagnosed with a pulled ligament but, at the request of his father, Keith, he was given an X-ray which showed he had cancer.

Kris, now 16, is being treated at the E38 children’s oncology ward of the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham.

Keith said it was left to Kris to choose whether he wanted the fundraising to be for a cancer charity or the hospital ward.

“He opted for the ward because they have been so great to him,” said Keith.

The latest in a series of fundraising events was a fun day at Bestwood Road Sports and Social Club in Bulwell, where staff helped out.

Organised by the Rangers club, the fun day proved a big success.

Rangers spokesman Melvin Hornbuckle said: “I would like to thank everyone involved for their magnificent support.

“The show of togetherness was most heartwarming and gives a sense of belief in the Bulwell community.

“Bulwellians have come up trumps once again. Kris and family would like to say a very big thankyou.

“Kris is a very nice young man who has grown in attitude, respect, confidence and sporting ability while playing for the Rangers.”

Four volunteers, Gary Mavin, Gary Duffield, Wayne Towle and Wayne Davis, raised £200 when they gamely went in a set of stocks to have wet sponges thrown at them.

Attractions included a penalty shootout and face painting, while a barbecue served burgers and hot dogs. A raffle was also generously supported.

Earlier in the summer, Rangers players raised £400 by running 300 times round their home pitch at Bulwell’s former Henry Mellish School.

Keith said the family were overwhelmed by the willingness of many people to get involved in the fundraising.

He added: “It is just fantastic what everyone has been doing. They are rallying round with offers of help and it means so much to us.

“We have been keen to give something back for all the attention Kris has received and we hope E38 ward will benefit from the money we are raising for them.

“Rangers have been really great.”