Team backing for teen footballer with cancer

CARING team-mates of a Bulwell teenage footballer who is battling cancer have staged a fundraising event in aid of the hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Sixteen-year-old Kris Dunn, of Squires Avenue, played for the Bulwell Rangers under-16 team in the Young Elizabethan League last season.

The team’s left-back, Kris suffered an injury last December and was diagnosed with a pulled ligament.

But when he continued to suffer pain after eight weeks, his father, Keith Dunn (56), urged doctors to give the teenager an X-ray, assuming that something was fractured or broken.

It came as a huge shock when the results, produced in March, showed that Kris was suffering from cancer — and he has since been receiving chemotherapy at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Rangers members did a charity run on the club’s home pitch — the playing field of Bulwell’s former Henry Mellish Comprehensive School — and their efforts raised more than £400 for the hospital’s E38 children’s oncology ward. Parents and other supporters made donations to boost the total.

A charity day, also for the ward, will take place at the Bestwood Road Sports and Social Club in Bulwell on Sunday August 12 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Club spokesman Melvin Hornbuckle said: “Kris Dunn is a really nice, athletic young man. He is very polite and he has grown in attitude, respect, confidence and sporting ability.

“I think the response to the fundraising from everyone concerned — the players, coaching staff, parents and supporters — has been magnificent.”

Kris is receiving a lot of support from his dad, his mum, Kimberley, and his two sisters, Bernadette (13) and Bethany (six), as well as from other family members and friends.

“We are all pulling together and so far we are getting through it — but it is very tough,” said Keith.