Calum’s friends have never forgotten him

Bishopbriggs.  Kim Macleod has raised ?35k for Meningitis Trust and research into the illness.  22.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Bishopbriggs. Kim Macleod has raised ?35k for Meningitis Trust and research into the illness. 22.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

PALS of a fun-loving Bishopbiggs boy continue to raise money in his memory – nearly four years after his untimely death.

Calum Macleod (12) died just days after being diagnosed with the condition in October 2007.

Just six weeks later, around 800 people came to a fundraising event on December 8 at Calum’s school, Bishopbriggs Academy, on what would have been his 13th birthday.

Upon hearing that music-loving Calum had learned to play their hit song ‘Chelsea Dagger’ on his guitar, Glasgow band The Fratellis donated singer Jon’s Fender guitar - which was used to write the song - and other unique memorabilia for a fundraising raffle.

Ever since, family and friends have continued to rally round with a series of events organised in Calum’s memory, and thousands of pounds have been raised for the Meningitis Trust and the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Mum Kim has helped raise an astonishing £35,000 for research and support groups dedicated to finding a cure for the illness that claimed her beloved boy’s life.

She said: “We celebrated his life at his funeral and we have continued to do that.”

Family and friends have done everything from organising book fairs to climbing Ben Nevis, and the Fratellis dedicated their second album ‘Here We Stand’ to Calum.

Kim, from Bishopbriggs, even did a firewalk.

She said: “People say they’d walk over hot coals for their kids, so I did.”

Another crucial part of the healing process for Kim, a qualified therapist, has been ensuring the happiness and wellbeing of others.

She said: “Calum was a very happy boy and lived life. I know he would have wanted us to be happy.”

Calum would have entered sixth year at Bishopbriggs Academy in August.

Each sixth year at the school picks a charity to raise money for and this year’s contingent have chosen the Meningitis Trust.

Kim said: “Calum was really popular and the linchpin for various groups of friends.

“Our house was the ‘gathering house’ - and all I needed to know was who was staying for tea.

“They’ve never forgotten him and I think it’s given them something to do for Calum together.”

For more details of Kim’s monthly Happiness Club and therapy sessions, log on at:www.stressthepositive.co.uk

DEVOTED: Mum Kim is pictured with a photo of her and Calum.