Arbroath rallies round family

Christine Graham's head shave to raise funds for Grant Callachan. Picture  is Christine with Grant and his family.

Christine Graham's head shave to raise funds for Grant Callachan. Picture is Christine with Grant and his family.

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Arbroath man Grant Callachan has received the news that every family dreads, being told by specialists he has an inoperable brain tumour.

One month ago, Grant, a 38-year-old physiotherapist at Arbroath Infirmary, received the devastating news that he may have a matter of weeks, or at best months, to live.

Troubled by a persistent migraine headache, Grant visited his GP who referred him to specialists at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. On discovery of the aggressive growth of a tumour, they delivered the terminal diagnosis.

Since then the father-of-two has been “humbled” by the support and generosity of the people of his home town, who have organised multiple fundraising events to send him, partner Michelle and children Michael and Amiee on a last family holiday to Disneyland Paris.

On Tuesday, July 21, Grant Callachan, accompanied by partner Michelle, mum Barbara and children Michael and Amiee went to The Studio in Lordburn to watch Christine Graham have her head shaved to raise funds for their proposed final holiday.

After hairdresser Lynsey Smale had completed her work, Christine revealed that she had raised “nearly a thousand pounds“ in sponsorship.

In addition to Christine’s efforts, Grant’s former colleague, Laura Ramsay, and friend Karen Stranock, have set up a Fundraiser for Grant Facebook page, with information on all events, as well as a GoFundMe link.

Laura explained: “Life can be so unfair! Grant and his partner, Michelle, have decided to get married and the aim of our fund-raising is to be able to give them some money to have a small honeymoon, and make special memories.

“The whole of Arbroath is right behind us, and tickets for our evening of mediumship (Sunday, August 23, at the Cliffburn Hotel) completely sold out in five days, even after printing 10 extra tickets!

“There are more events that other people are organising.

‘‘We’d like to thank local businesses for their support, as well as everyone who has provided the fantastic raffle prizes.”

Grant himself had this to say: “I must be a very lucky person because a lot of people want to help me.”

Speaking about the shocking diagnosis that revealed the presence of a tumour, the physiotherapist revealed he was aware the migraine headaches might be caused by something serious, saying: “I thought I was having a brain haemorrhage, and knowing what I know from my work, no one has migraines like that for no reason.”

“I asked them how long I had and I was told a week later that it wasn’t going to be years, it’ll be months.

“I could have six months left and that would be fantastic, but on the other hand it could be six weeks — there’s a lot of uncertainty.

“I have come to terms with this but I don’t believe my family have, and that causes things to bubble over – even though no-one chooses to have a tumour, I sometimes feel like I am letting them down.”

When his friends got in touch asking if there was anything they could raise money for, Grant told them a last family holiday to Disneyland would “mean everything to us”.

Grant has been “overwhelmed” by the support he has received, saying: “I’d like to thank everybody that’s helped me.

“The support I’ve had has been unbelievable. Every time I think about it, it’s almost too much.”

At the time of going to press the GoFundMe page total was standing at £3855 of the hoped-for £5000 target. For those who would like to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/zmtvh9g