Teesside boy reaches £200k target to get life-changing brain surgery

Finley Ingles and mum Kara Credit: Trinity Mirror

A five-year-old boy from Teesside will be sent to America for life-changing surgery on a tumour after his parents raised £200,000 - including a massive donation from business bosses and former Middlesbrough legend Colin Cooper’s Finlay Cooper Fund.

Finley Ingles, from Marton, has a rare brain tumour called a hypothalamic harmatoma, which affects an estimated one in 200,000 people in the UK.

It impacts on his sleep, appetite, behaviour, growth and other aspects of his life.

Now mum Kara Ingles is celebrating after former Middlesbrough legend Colin Cooper donated £36,000 from his Finlay Cooper Fund charity, which was set up in memory of his own son who died in 2002.

The donation took Finley Ingles’ fundraising over the target line and he will go to the USA for brain laser ablation surgery.

The family was also boosted by a £60,000 donation from local building firm Applebridge Construction and sister company, AD Plant Hire.

Finley can suffer up to 10 seizures a day, which his mum said leaves him exhausted and affected his whole life.

Former Middlesbrough player Colin Cooper and his wife Julie set up the Finlay Cooper Fund 10 years ago after their son, Finlay, died in 2002 in a choking accident.

The family had raised around £100,000 by the beginning of this week, but thanks to a massive £60,000 donation from local building firm Applebridge Construction and sister company, AD Plant Hire, all it needed was for the Finlay Cooper Fund to donate the remaining £36,000.

Finley’s school, Lingfield Primary School, has also been involved in the fundraising and will continue to raise money to help pay for the Ingles’ travel and accommodation to the US.

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