Appeal for ill teenager

AN appeal set up to help a brave Harrogate teenager who suffers from a rare brain tumour called ependymoma will be holding a collection and selling raffle tickets at the Victoria Shopping Centre, Station Parade, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 22.

CETA (Chris’s Ependymoma Treatment Appeal) was set up by Chris’s mum Sara. Chris is a born and bred Harrogate man who lives in the Kings Road area. The family has purposely tried to keep Chris’s identity private for his benefit.

Chris has battled 20 tumours in his brain and spine since he was eight-years-old. He now requires specialist treatments but they are not always available on the NHS, such as cyberknife which costs £20,000 per treatment.

Sara said: “Family, friends and supporters have worked tirelessly organising events and have raised more than £27,000 towards our target of £50,000. We are all volunteers at CETA and it is Chris’s wish that any surplus money raised goes to ependymoma research. We have received tremendous support from various businesses for our raffle this year which includes a £100 voucher for Restaurant Bar & Grill, £50 voucher from B&Q, family days out to Stockeld Park and Embsay Railway, hampers, vouchers for fish pedicures courtesy of The Natural Foot Spa, theatre tickets, a mini video recorder and lots more.”

The raffle will be drawn at 1pm at the CETA Winter Fair on Saturday, November 26 at Bilton Working Men’s Club on Skipton Road, Harrogate.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so at