A CHARITY appeal to pay for a young boy's cancer treatment in the US could hit the £100,000 mark by the end of May.
That's the ambitious target set by family and friends of four-year-old Connor Whipp, of Hospital Bridge Road, Whitton.
The Chronicle reported last month how the fund-raising appeal had reached £70,000 of the total £250,000 needed to pay for a pioneering treatment in the US.
Connor's grandmother Mary Power this week said she was confident the total would hit six figures by the end of the month, with a number of events planned over coming weeks.
On Wednesday (May 9) she became the first person to have a 'purple hand' tattoo - the symbol of the campaign - done at Altered Image tattoo parlour.
The shop, in Hanworth Road, Whitton, is offering anyone the chance to get the tattoo, in return for a £25 donation, on Sunday, May 27.
Mary's tattoo is her first and she has already raised £150 in sponsorship, on top of the £25, with two of Connor's cousins also planning to get one.
Meanwhile, supporters collected £1,200 for the appeal at West Ham's Championship play-off second leg on Monday (May 7) and a sponsored walk from Whitton to Brighton raised £3,500.
Events taking place this weekend include a race night at the Jolly Gardeners pub in Mortlake on Friday (May 11), a disco at Whitton Community Centre on Saturday and a stall at Richmond's May Fair, also on Saturday, where Sharon Jarvis is being sponsored to have her head shaved.
Connor Whipp was diagnosed in January with the aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
His parents are trying to raise £250,000 for a treatment only available in the US, which they believe will significantly improve his chances of survival.
For more about the appeal, and to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/connor-whipp-appeal .