Truly great selection of festive gifts

Connor and Kyran Laing with dad Steven and Phil Corletto, manager of Styx, with some of the collection boxes collected.
Connor and Kyran Laing with dad Steven and Phil Corletto, manager of Styx, with some of the collection boxes collected.

A Glenrothes family has collected over 1500 selection boxes to give to sick children this Christmas as their teenage son battles leukaemia.

Connor Laing (14) was diagnosed with the disease in November 2011 and straight away dad Steven, mum Gillian and younger bother Kyran (11) began to fundraise for cancer charities.

Steven said: “Firstly we held two poker days. We raised over £1000 at the first one and bought toys which we gave to the Sick Kids. After the second we had £700 which we gave to three different charities.”

In particular the family has worked closely with cancer charity CCLASP and have so far donated almost £10,000 from various events and took part in collecting selection boxes for the first time last year.

“We put out an appeal for selection boxes and got 261,” Steven said. “We thought that was really good.

“This year we decided that we wouldn’t get involved but then we were contacted by the charity and asked if we would put out an appeal.”

Steven put up a simple message on Facebook and said he was overwhelmed with the response.

“It went viral and we’ve ended up with just over 1500 selection boxes. We’re giving 200 to Rachel House, 200 to the children’s ward at Victoria Hospital and the rest will be donated to CCLASP.”

Connor’s treatment is to end in the summer when he will be given the all clear and the Laing’s are planning an event to mark the occasion.

“We want to thank and support all who have helped us in our battle, especially Phil Corletto at Styx who has been amazing.

“The fundraising we’ve been doing has really been to keep our minds busy. We’ve been through the mill but we think ourselves very lucky at how Connor has responded well to the treatment.”

Helping kids and their families

Children with Cancer and Leukaemia, Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) helps children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukaemia.

CCLASP also helps families express and share the feelings and anxieties of having a child with a life threatening illness.

The charity supports in excess of 500 families and has relationships with other like-minded charities so as to access much needed resources for sick children and their families.