Callum fundraises in his Grandad’s memory
Since losing his grandad to pancreatic cancer in 2014, Callum Sollis has been fundraising and raising awareness of the disease in his memory. Over the past year, Callum has chosen to raise funds for us at PCA.
He’s been doing this by selling PCA merchandise, monitoring a collection tin in his local pub, holding coffee mornings and fundraising with family and friends.
Callum is passionate about raising awareness of the disease and raising funds to go towards early diagnosis research.
Sadly, Callum lost his grandad only 16 days after being diagnosed as his diagnosis was caught too late.
Callum says, “We didn’t expect it to take him as quick as what it did, we planned on doing so, so much with him but we never got around to doing any of it! He was only 61 years old, he was too young to be taken from his family.
Our grandad died around everyone who loved him in his own home in his own bed, from the moment we got up in the morning and the doctor came around we were told it was the end.
All of our hearts sunk and we stayed by his side the whole time.
He died on 29th March 2014, the pain it brought upon our whole family was heart-breaking, our family will never ever be the same again without him and he will never be forgotten.
He has two children, eight grandchildren (Sadly, two of them he never got to meet) and now one great–grandchild, who is named after him.
Five years on, our family is still not the same without him and it doesn’t get easier without him being here.
We raise money for pancreatic cancer all the time in his memory, so other families do not have to go through what we did. Hopefully, in the future, it can be detected earlier or even a cure can be found!”
During 2019, Callum and his family raised an amazing £473.75 which will go towards PCA’s vital early diagnosis work. Thank you to Callum and his family for all their support!
If you’d like to support Callum, click here for his JustGiving page.
Ali Stunt and the Pancreatic Cancer Action team would like to thank Callum and his family for all the hard work they put into raising awareness of pancreatic cancer and fundraising for PCA. We are incredibly grateful for their support.
If you would like to hold your own fundraising events or have ideas on how you can get involved with fundraising for PCA in your local community then please do get in touch. If you would like to find out more or tell us what you’ve got planned, email firstname.lastname@example.org