Cranbrook dad planning a fundraising mission for his son

PUBLISHED: 13:53 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:00 16 January 2014

Lee, father of Mitchell Carr, seven, who recently had a tumour removed. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhc 2379-01-14AW

Lee, father of Mitchell Carr, seven, who recently had a tumour removed. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhc 2379-01-14AW

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Lee Carr intends to host and partake in several charity ventures this year.

A Cranbrook dad is planning to host several fundraising ventures over the coming year as he looks to raise £2,000 for a national cancer charity in honour of his young son.

Lee Carr, of St Michael’s Way, is looking to do a 15,000ft skydive and set up a community fun day, complete with a raffle and disco, at Topsham Football Club.

Recently Lee’s seven-year-old son Mitchell underwent several tests after a tumour was discovered on his body.

The St Martin’s Primary School pupil had to travel to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to have the lump checked – just a month before Christmas.

“It was so stressful for us,” said Lee. “We couldn’t help but think the worse because cancer is so common these days.”

To make matters worse, Mitchell was summoned to the Bristol children’s hospital on the same day the lump was examined at a doctor’s surgery in Exeter – which sparked fresh fears for Lee and Mitchell’s mother, Tasha.

“I was so scared because being asked to go to a specialist hospital makes you think you’re in a serious situation and the worst has really been confirmed,” said Tasha. “I kept asking them what they knew about it, because the stress was really getting to us.”

Fortunately, tests carried out just a few days ago proved the abnormality to be benign, but Mitchell will continue under medical supervision for the foreseeable future.

And the ordeal has since prompted Lee to give back to those who supported his family through the nightmarish four weeks of what-ifs and worrying.

“I want to raise at least £2,000 to be split between Cancer Research and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children,” he said.

“No parent should have to go through the stress of what we went through. I’m just thankful that Mitchell didn’t fully realise the gravity of what potentially could have changed his life forever.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Lee’s skydive or donate to his raffle draw in Topsham can contact him on 01404 515207.

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