Girls raise funds to help Gavin

Litter pickers Kaleigh and Brooke Akmenkalns and Kelsey Bradley''Picture by Louise Adams  C131727-2 Bog Litter
Litter pickers Kaleigh and Brooke Akmenkalns and Kelsey Bradley''Picture by Louise Adams C131727-2 Bog Litter

A KIND-hearted trio helped to rid Barnham’s streets of rubbish and raised money to help save a man’s life.

Sisters Kayleigh and Brooke Ackmenkalns, alongside Kelsey Bradley, have collected more than £350 to help Gavin Hunnikin who needs a life-saving operation. Brooke, seven, said: “We did the litter pick to help save the life of our friend’s dad who has a brain tumour. We wanted to help get the money for his operation.”

“We heard our parents talking about it and we wanted to help so that’s why we did it,” added nine-year-old Kayleigh.

Armed with their plastic bags, the girls took to the village’s streets last Sunday and collected three bags of litter.

Kelsey, eight, said: “We collected a lot of things, a lot of cans, wrappers, kebab wrappers too.”

But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the trio as Kelsey needed a trip to A&E after standing on a nail.

“I stood on the nail and went to the hospital, but I went back out straight after,” said Kelsey.

Gavin, 40 of Gospond Road, was diagnosed with an astrocytoma when he was 30.

He believes his best hope is gene replacement therapy at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, USA, but he needs £75,000 to be able to do this.