Support’s growing for Gavin’s tumour battle

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DONATIONS are still continuing to be made to help a Barnham man pay for vital treatment.

A further £900-plus has come in since the start of the year for county council trading standards officer Gavin Hunnikin. It will add to the £18,000 raised so far for the £75,000 which Gavin needs to pay for gene therapy to destroy a brain tumour.

His girlfriend, Lisa Male, said: “Gavin’s condition is worsening and he now has a limp on his right leg and his right hand is weak.”

At least £843 towards his fund – – came from a sponsored swim by Lisa, second left above, and three of her friends, left to right – Dawn Lambert, Julia Jay and Kellie Sibley.

Julie raised another £75 by handing over the fees she charged for styling the hair for the ladies at a murder mystery party she attended.

Lisa’s seven-year-old daughter, Katie Male, also offered her old cycle to Gavin to sell when she received a new one for Christmas.

Lisa said: “I’ve planned two more events. The first is confirmed for 1pm-3pm on February 9 at St Colman’s Church Hall in Cosham.

“It’s a family fun afternoon and I’ve had a massive response.

Loads of people are helping by making cakes and I’ve already had great raffle prizes offered to me.

“There will be craft activities and nails painted. Peppa Pig and George mascots are coming and, hopefully, there will be a Peppa Pig bouncy castle. I’m driven by everybody’s amazing support.

“I’m so amazed and grateful. We need to get this money as quickly as possible.”

As reported, Gavin, 40, has been battling the brain tumour for a decade. Doctors in this country will only treat him with more chemotherapy which is not guaranteed to remove the tumour.

The gene therapy he wants is offered only in the USA.