Grandad and pals raise cash in memory of tragic Callum

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A GRANDFATHER and his friends from a South Yorkshire pub raised £1,600 for Meningitis UK after he lost his grandson to the disease.

Callum Charlie Towne, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, was born on December 11 last year.

When he was six weeks old he was diagnosed with Group B Streptococcal meningitis and died the following week leaving his parents Emma McElhinney and Mike Towne heartbroken.

Moved by his daughter’s loss, John McElhinney and his friends at the Rose and Crown on Barnsley Road in Darton, Barnsley, decided to raise money for Meningitis UK in Callum’s memory.

Landlord Mick Taylor and pub manager Gemma Howard held a music festival called M-Fest in early June and raised £1,600.

John, aged 53, of Darton, said: “Everyone had fun, there were many smiles and we are delighted with the amount raised in memory of baby Callum.

“A massive thank you must go to Mick and his team at the pub who put on a fantastic fundraiser.”