VIDEO: Community rallies round for family of meningitis tot

Residents have been busy raising money for the family of a Colne tot battling meningitis.

Thomas Procter-Whitham (3) is at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where he is being treated for meningococcal septicaemia.

Thomas Procter-Whitham (right) with twin brother George at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. (S)

Thomas Procter-Whitham (right) with twin brother George at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. (S)

A number of fund-raisers have been held in the town following his diagnosis, including a raffle organised by Matthew Eyre.

The event on Saturday raised a sensational £1,311.07 for the family at a rate of £300 an hour outside Colne Market, while a secret flash mob drew a crowd of up to 300 people.

Thomas, who has an identical twin brother George (3) and older brother Braxton (5), has had his left leg amputated above the knee and he is said to be making slow progress in hospital.

Speaking after Saturday’s fund-raiser Matthew said: “It went phenomenally well, it was mega. I’ve never known anything like it.

“Karen Clark really rallied round and got most of the raffle prizes. We had six people selling tickets they were so popular.

“I was meant to be selling tickets myself but I couldn’t because I was busy organising people to sell them. It was crazy.

“Colne is like one big family. I think it’s fantastic how we’ve come together. I think it’s very important to support people as well as charities.”

An Egg-stra special raffle is being held to coincide with an Easter event on April 4th when money raised will be split between the family and Ronald McDonald Housing where the family has stayed in Liverpool while Thomas has been in Alder Hey.