Brothers host a fundraising night in mum’s memory

Tom Ingram (17) dressed as Muddles from Muddles's Fundraising Mission with his brother Harry Ingram (14).
Tom Ingram (17) dressed as Muddles from Muddles's Fundraising Mission with his brother Harry Ingram (14).

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THEIR inspiring fundraising efforts have kept their mum’s memory burning bright.

Tom Ingram, 17, and his brother Harry, 14, turned their grief into a drive to help others after their mum Karen lost her fight against cancer four years ago.

She was 40 when she died after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

But the brothers, who live in Chatsworth Avenue Cosham, Portsmouth, soon set up Muddles’ Fundraising Mission Appeal to raise cash for Portsmouth NHS Trust’s Rocky Appeal.

The Rocky Appeal aims to raise £3m to introduce state-of-the-art digital keyhole operating theatres in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

The Muddles appeal is named after its Mascot Muddles the Bear, which Tom says was inspired by his mum’s fun personality.

The character has his own Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as a regular video blog on YouTube.

Tom and Harry’s efforts have raised £12,000 for the Rocky Appeal and other charities, in four years.

And now, people are invited to the charity ghost hunt at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on September 8.

Tom, an IT apprentice, said: ‘When we lost our mum in 2008, it became apparent to us how much she meant to us and from that day Harry and I decided to keep her memory alive by raising money.

‘We held an event in 2009 which was quite popular and we have been doing a variety of events since for them.

‘My mum was a lovely, kind person who would do anything for anyone.

‘It doesn’t matter how much or little we raise as long as we are collecting for such a great charity. I’d love to see as many people as possible at the paranormal night.’

To book a place, visit Places are limited and the deadline for bookings is September 5.

The brothers are making plans for Muddles the Bear to feature in the Great South Run in October in aid of Cancer Research UK, and show no signs of letting up in fundraising efforts. Tom said: ‘I want to continue charity work in the future to keep mum’s memory alive.’

The ghost event starts at 7.30pm and runs until 12.30am. Tickets are £30 per person and proceeds go straight to the Rocky Appeal.