Show your support in memory of little Callum

Callum James was just 11-years-old when he took his own life
Callum James was just 11-years-old when he took his own life

Your help is needed as the family of a Gainsborough schoolboy who tragically took his own life are putting on a special charity event in his memory.

Former Charles Baines Community Primary School pupil Callum Rhys James was just 11-years-old when he attempted to take his own life at his Woodfield Road home on 4th September 2011. He died in hospital days later.

It was the day before he was due to start school at Trent Valley Academy. He died in Sheffield Children’s Hospital two days later. Described by friends and family as a ‘bright and happy little boy’, he struggled with autism and ADHD.

Now, his family are holding a special charity evening in loving memory of Callum and to raise money for Gainsborough Autism Parents’ Society. All are invited, and the family are also looking for sponsorship, funds and raffle prizes.

“The Cally Cup is a darts charity tournament with a raffle and buffet and just a great night out,” said Callum’s dad Martin James.

“Any sponsorship would be great. It’s a great way for businesses to get involved with something really worthwhile as this helps a wonderful charity make a foothold in a tough world.”

Martin continued: “We chose the Gainsborough Autism Parents’ Society for Callum. It’s a local charity and these less fortunate kids have the same problems that he had and the work they do gives the kids the release they need in a controlled environment.”

“GAPS are doing their best without many funds and these kids do need help. It’s a cause that touched our hearts and we want to do what we can.”

He added: “Everything helps - no matter how much you can give. We just want people to have a good time in Callum’s memory.”

The Cally Cup will be at the Liberal Club on Roper Road, Gainsborough, on 27th April from 7pm.

Entry to the darts match is £1 and must be made by 22nd April. There are cash prizes and cast trophies to be won. Call 01427 811007 to enter.

Any businesses who would like to sponsor the event or donate raffle prizes or anyone who can help out in any way can also call Pauline or Martin on 01427 811007.

The James family would like to thank the Gainsborough community for their continued support, and to all local businesses and organisations who helped raise funds and awareness for such a worthwhile cause.

Are you putting on a charity event? Get in touch and let us know by calling 01427 615323 or email newsroom@gainsboroughstandard.co.uk