‘We all mess’ – Heroes of charity ‘honoured’ to win Pride of Birmingham award

A family of four who helped raise over £330,000 to thank doctors for life-saving care received a Pride of Birmingham award. Carter Chatting was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia six years ago when he was four years old.

He underwent three and a half years of treatment before being declared cancer free. But the young survivor, his parents Matthew and Lucy, and his sister Monica have raised an incredible amount of money for NHS heroes.

Inspired by the doctors, nurses and volunteers at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the family established a charity called Carter The Brave. Since then, people have pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars for the hospital’s oncology ward and for childhood leukemia research.

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Initially the inspiration behind the fundraiser, 10-year-old Carter is now an active participant. He ran a 10k race to raise £6,000 last year and raised a further £8,000 by encouraging his friends and family to get involved with a sponsored head shave.

The family talking to Olivia Bowen (left) and Adil Ray (right)(Image: Birmingham Live)

The charity has funded equipment including mobile entertainment units for children in isolation, a hands-free communications system, IV vein finders, DVD players and Amazon coupons. They have also donated £8,000 to Round Table Children’s Wish, which helps fulfill the dreams of children with cancer who are critically or terminally ill.

Mama Lucy said: “We’re really honored to have received the award. It was brilliant. It was a bit stressful (being on stage) because we didn’t know what the questions were going to be.


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