Cleaning up for Callum

Charity car wash at Repair and Paint for Callums Crusade. Pictured is Mike Towne.
Charity car wash at Repair and Paint for Callums Crusade. Pictured is Mike Towne.

CALLUM’S Crusade charity car wash

The sunshine at the weekend brought people in their droves to see their mucky cars sparkle again and organisers say they have been overwhelmed by the support.

It’s all in aid of Meningitis UK a very worthy cause under the umbrella of Callum’s Crusade – a special campaign set up in memory of baby Callum Towne who died in January from the devastating disease.

And his proud parents Mike Towne and Emma McElhinney, of Blakiston Street, have been down at Repair and Paint in Warren Street, helping with the big car wash.

Said Mike: “It’s really good of them to do this and to get £300 in the first couple of days is fantastic. We was hoping to raise £500 but it looks like we might do better than that.”

Mike and Emma are still trying to come to terms with losing their six week old baby. Times are difficult for them but they are finding some strength in their campaign to raise money for meningitis and also through a petition to get pregnant women screened for the Group B Streptococcous bacteria which caused Callum’s meningitis.

Emma said: “We are so pleased by the support, it’s brilliant. We’ve been helping to wash the cars and the lads that work here have been putting in extra time. “We are really grateful to them.”

Mike added: “We have also handed out 1,000 leaflets, printed free of charge by Hesketh Press, so I would like to thank them for that. We spent Sunday in fancy dress handing them out in Asda! “Hopefully that will help.” The car wash is on until Sunday and every single penny will be donated to the fund.